By Ene Asuquo
Senior Staff Association Of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes, Hospital and Federal Medical Centre Sector Workers Thursday issued a one week ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay hazard allowance arears to their members.
The Senior Staff Unions warned that if the Federal Government fails to release funds to IPPIS within a period of one week and attend to other issues raised, the unions would be left with no choice than lay down thier tools.
They called on the federal government to meet with the demands of the unions to avoid crippling the system within the period of one week
A communique signed by comrades kabir Mustapha acting Sector Chairman and Joseph Ugwoke acting secretary sighted by our reporter, frowns at what it described as selective treatment by the Government in payment of medical doctors’ allowances.
The communique maintained that for a period of four to five months, arrears had been paid in tranches to medical doctors without recourse to pay other Health Workers which the union claimed has heightened tension in the health sector.
It therefore, resolved that it can no
longer guarantee continued services if our members are not paid all the
arrears within one week to avoid industrial crisis in the health sector.
Notes with dismay the rate at which health workers especially professionals are migrating out of the country for greener pasture.
The union lamented that it is sad to reveal that most of our health Institutions are deteriorating, conditions surrounding work place activities are not suitable and there are no adequate consumables for health workers to work with, as well as poor welfare package and other socio-economic conditions in the country.
The unions called for proactive measure to be taken to rectify the situation, calling on the Federal Government to implement the September 30, 2017 agreement on adjustment of CONHESS Salary Structure, which it agreed to implement to the letter within five weeks of signing the agreement about five years ago.
While speaking on promotional arrears, the unions stated “observes with displeasure that some Institutions still owe their staff
promotion arrears from year 2014 till date. Council therefore, calls on the
Federal and State Governments to make funds available to IPPIS within the
next two weeks so as to clear the backlog of arrears without further delay.”