ASUU: Health workers threaten to embark on solidarity strike

ASUU: Health workers threaten to embark on solidarity strike

Health professionals in Nigeria have threatened to strike in sympathy with the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The National President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Mr. Biobelemoye Josiah, made this announcement on Sunday in Abuja in a joint statement with the union's Acting Secretary-General, Mr. Auwalu Kiyawa.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, they demanded that the FG immediately put into effect each and every agreement it had made with the unions.

Speaking in the statement, the health workers said, “MHWUN stands in solidarity with the university based unions in the ongoing struggle to emancipate and reposition the public tertiary Institutions in Nigeria for progressive development.”

Condemning the slow response from the FG, they added that In order to protect the future of our youths whose academic life is being disrupted, “We call on the government to implement without further delay all the agreements it had entered with the unions.

“We urge the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier directive to resolve all outstanding issues with the unions is backed by immediate acceptable action that would end the stalemate.

“MHWUN wishes to use this medium to unequivocally state that we firmly stand behind the university-based unions and the clear position of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), leadership in this historic struggle.

“Our state councils have been put on red alert, and we will not hesitate to declare a solidarity strike in support of the unions if the government fails to resolve the issues within a reasonable time.”

The Health Union added that no responsible government will close down its public tertiary institutions over patriotic demands for a better funding of its universities and good welfare for its teaching and non-teaching staff.

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