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MHWUN declares strike over 15 months unpaid salary in Bayelsa

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By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

Health workers under the auspices of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Bayelsa State Council, say they will embark on an indefinite strike over non-payment of salary arrears, ranging from 2-15 months owed primary health care workers across the eight local government areas of the state.

The union said it had given the government an ultimatum which will expire on the 11th of February, 2021, regretting that a day to the expiry of its ultimatum, there is no signal indicating the implementation of any of the demands.

In a statement, by the state chairman of MHWUN in the state, Comrade Barnabas Simon, expressed displeasure over so many issues affecting primary health care workers in the eight local government areas of the state but left unresolved by the government.

According to the statement the strike became imperative given the state government’s refusal to address two to 15-month salary arrears, implementation of the new national minimum wage across the eight LGA’s, non-implementation of promotion from 2015, 2019 and 2020 and the lack of yearly incremental steps from 2012 till date, among others.

all efforts made to get the state commissioner for health, Dr. Newton Pabara for the state government’s comments was unsuccessful as he could not be reached before going to press.

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