Health Sector Union of JUTH Workers Protest Non-Payment Of April & May Salaries
A peaceful protest was held by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) on Monday in Jos, as a result of alleged management’s in ability to pay April and May salaries.
Some of the workers (names withheld), who spoke to our reporter said, in the June and July salaries that were paid, deductions were made – resulting to people receiving as low as 300 naira as salaries. “What a salary?” they queried.
“We are not paid salaries, but were rather given May pay slips. When the management noticed the legal implications of it, they quickly issued a circular denying issuance of the pay slips.”
Our reporter gathered that what necessitated the strike action from March 7th, 2016, was fallout of management to implement an earlier agreement reached after its expiration, and a grace of six months was given with series of discussions leading to the issuance of another ultimatum.
With this, the workers witnessed another round of threats from management, with ‘no work, no pay,’ without following due process after series of fallout discussions with the National JOHESU and state chapters.
Conscience Triumph gathered that the state governor, Simon Lalong, intervened but to no avail, while the minister of Health later invited them for another round-table discussion with the management in Abuja, which was seen as affirmation of an earlier MOU.
It was also reliably informed that for 2 months running, nothing has been done. The workers all edged that when June salaries were paid, their members were not included – an action which has led to the protest; and the management had not relented in its threats.
Chairman of the Union, Mustapha Kabiru, called on the federal government to shut down the hospital, adding that, “we cannot guarantee what will happen tomorrow because our people have been molested.”
The treasurer of the Union, Vwamse Frederick, who was allegedly assaulted by the Assistant Police Commissioner in-charge of Area Command by police officers and five others said, “They asked for the Chairman and the Secretary but they were not around, so I tried to call the chairman but they said I was making calls in front of the Assistant Commissioner and they started beating me.
“I was personally assaulted by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of Area Command and five others, in the process of which one of them lost his ID card.”
Conscience Triumph reports that, five people are currently hospitalized and are receiving treatment in JUTH, following the effect of teargas and the beating sustained by the police as a result of the protest.