Health workers urge Buhari to include new salary structure in 2022 budget | The Guardian Nigeria News

May consider strike action and request reinstatement of hospital administrators
Health and medical workers urged President Muhammadu Buhari to include the Adjusted Consolidated Salary Structure (CONHESS) in the 2022 budget before giving his assent.

The workers, who spoke under the auspices of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Health Professional Associations (AHPA), said the opposite would precipitate industrial action.

JOHESU President Biobelemoye Josiah in Abuja warned yesterday that unions would not be able to ensure industrial harmony in the health sector in the new year if the president does not include the structure adjusted salary.

“We expect the President to treat us well because, as a union, we have given in to his demand to keep the health sector without a strike during the period. We have done our part. We expect that, whatever games the Federal Department of Health plays in trying to deprive us of our own rights, the chair will have the power to order that the committee’s work be included in the budget before it is released. sign it.

“I want to take this opportunity to call on Nigerians to advocate on our behalf because we have been so patient. We have been very patriotic and we do not want a situation where all the efforts we have made to ensure peace in the health sector are in vain. If it is not budgeted for next year, the health sector will not be as peaceful as we have tried to maintain it. “

He said the federal government should be ready for an all-out strike, if it does otherwise.

Josiah alleged that the unions are aware that there is a provision of 80 billion naira to cover the adjustment of the salaries of health workers.

He said the federal health ministry would be wrong to “misuse” the fund for other purposes.

“At the height of our agitation, the office of the president’s chief of staff also intervened. We know that a provision of 80 billion naira has been made to cover the adjustment of wages. We are firmly convinced that although they did not specifically indicate that this amount is for the CONHESS adjustment, I believe that a provision has already been made, ”he said.

He hinted that although the overdue payment is more than 80 billion naira, he is ready to accept the figure to ensure industrial peace in the health sector in 2022.

Regarding the risk premium adjustments, Josiah said the unions accepted the federal government’s explanation, warning however that any attempt to favor one union over the other would be rejected.

Ida M. Morgan