By Chioma Obinna
Lagos—Following the expiration of its 30-day strike ultimatum two days ago, health workers under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, yesterday extended its strike notice by seven days.
In a press statement signed by its National General Secretary, Comrade O.A Obisesan and made available to Vanguard, the union announced 6th of March, 2017 as the new date for the commencement of the nationwide strike.
Obisesan explained that the extension was based on the request made by the representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Employment and Head of Service, Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission during a meeting in Abuja, where Federal Ministry of Health was conspicuously absent, for the union to shift ground on the strike since a high level body was already meeting on the matters in contention.
Continuing, he said; “We unanimously agreed that the strike ultimatum be shifted by one week to enable the government communicate and implement the outcome of the meeting to the union with a view to averting the industrial action.
“All members are hereby put on notice to withdraw their services with effect from 12:01am on 6th March, 2017 until otherwise instructed.”
The NUAHP last month issued a 30-day strike ultimatum to the government for ignoring the plight of their members and inflicting pains on Nigerians.
The ultimatum would have elapses on 27th of last month.