FMC, Asaba health workers suspend strike

Workers at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, have agreed to call off their over one-month old strike.

The suspension of the strike followed an intervention by the traditional ruler of Asaba, Obi (Professor) Chike Edozien, who mediated between the workers and management of the centre.

Consequent upon the mediation, both parties signed an agreement, which was countersigned by the Asagba, suspending the strike and allowing management to implement the contentious issues as agreed.

Comrade Tony Asiodu, Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), signed on behalf of the workers while a medical director, Leo Erhumwunsee, signed on behalf of management.

In the eight-paragraph agreement, management will withdraw the case instituted against the leadership of the workers, immediately pay the March/April salaries and arrears of February salary and also full payment of call duty/shift duties allowance for March/April.

Furthermore, management should ensure completion of the IPPIS verification and conduct the 2014 promotion exercise early.

The parties also agreed that no staff would be victimised for participating in the strike.

 Meanwhile, workers resumed at their duty posts on Wednesday and were discussing the strike when Asiodu confirmed that workers complied with the agreement and were happy to be at their duty posts.

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