Health

After striking for 3 weeks, health workers in Ekiti are fasting for 3 days over unpaid salaries

Members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado-Ekiti chapter, have begun a 3-day fast, even as they continue their now 3 week-long strike.

The JOHESU members said they were owed several months’ salaries, allowances and deductions.

The JOHESU Chairman, EKSUTH chapter, Com. Omotola Farotimi, who spoke at the hospital on Tuesday after the prayer session tagged “O’ Lord Heal Our Land’, said “We are seeking the face of God, because things are not easy for our members. We believe that with God all things are possible. No one can underrate the power of God, that is why we call on Him to heal our land.”

 The Health Workers are demanding the payment of backlog of deductions of 13 months, which include cooperative’s deductions, union special levies and checkoff dues, car loans, housing loans and bank loans.

Others demands border on the payment of four months’ salaries of June to September 2018, 38 months of unremitted pension funds (2018 -date), implementation of new minimum wage with consequential adjustment, and payment of COVID-19 hazard allowances.

The state government had responded that the backlog of salaries were owed by the previous administration but it was prepared to pay “once the state becomes buoyant”.

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