Gombe state health workers under the auspices of the Joint Health Sector Workers Unions (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Health Professionals have embarked on a seven-day warning strike over failure to implement the minimum wage in the state.
This was disclosed by the state chapter chairman of the union,Comrade Yakubu Abdulsalam on Wednesday in a press statement.
He reported that health workers decided to embark on the industrial action following failure of the state to the meet their demands in the 21-day ultimatum given.
He said the demands include resumption of payment of the new minimum wage, which was suspended by the state government just after one month, “under the pretense of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Comrade Yakubu added that the union is also calling for payment of 10 percent of the new minimum wage to health workers in the LGAs.
“Our other demands includes implementation of promotion and payment of accrued arrears to both state and local government health workers, domestication of risk allowance due to COVID-19, implementation of internship program for nurses among other things,” he said.
The chairman equally warned that if the government failed to implement their demands within the next seven days, they would be left with no other option than to proceed to an indefinite strike.