The Kaduna State Health Workers Unions and Associations rose from an emergency meeting on Monday (June 1, 2020) and issued a joint communiqué in which they insisted that unless the state governor reversed the 25% slash in their two months salaries, they will proceed on an indefinite industrial action.
Signed jointly by the leaders of all the healthcare workers associations and unions, the communiqué expressed their disappointment “that rather than attending to the genuine issues before it, the government has decided to chase shadows leaving the entire citizenry to the ugly fate of this very avoidable situation.
“It had issued threats and upon realising its failure to affect the resounding resolve of health workers, it had chosen to take on a new found target, the State Medical Directors.
“Firstly, by attempting to dissolve the State’s Medical Directors Forum (a nonprofit group formed for the sole purpose of efficient and effective hospital administration with a singular advantage of comparing notes just like it is obtainable in other States and even at the federal level).
“This action of the Commissioner for Health is clearly a violation of the freedom of Association as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other international treaties of human rights to which Nigeria is signatory”, they said during the press conference.
The group said they will continue to resist threats and imposition from the governor, while calling on the federal government and the populace to call on the governor to desist from towing undemocratic lane.
“The Congress of Health Workers Union and Associations is by this press conference informing the general public that we have directed all our members to ignore any form of imposition and threats and await further directives.
“The demand by the Healthcare workers is to right the wrong which is the illegal 25% salary deduction without recourse to extant laws and procedures. We call on the masses and well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the State government to tow democratic path to resolve the needless crisis in the State health sector.
“We also call on the President and Commander In Chief of the Federation who has shown example of collective bargaining at the Federal level to prevail on the Kaduna State government to tow the same path.
“This is also to serve as reminder that our intended indefinite industrial action as earlier notified is on course.
“We wish to end by stating clearly that while we remain opened to constructive engagements, we are rather fuelled to maintain course by these laughable actions of government”, they said.
Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly chairman of House committee on health has been making efforts to intervene, and information reaching Judicial Sketch has it that he called a meeting to discuss with the leadership of the health workers and the commissioner of health earlier today.