The management of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Plateau, on Sunday said that it had resolved the feud with its striking workers months after it started.
It said this was after a joint meeting facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Health .
Its Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Edmund Banwat, said in Jos that the meeting, brokered by the former governor of Plateau, Sen. Joshua Dariye, provided the platform where all the parties ventilated their positions on the lingering dispute.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all had not been well between the workers and the JUTH management since March which had resulted into intermittent strikes and street protests among others.
But Banwat traced the dispute to JUTH’s management’s enforcement of the no-work, no-pay policy as directed by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation.
“Two circulars were issued over the policy and we communicated same to the unions.
“Unions in other health institutions, on sighting the circulars, suspended their strikes, but the JUTH chapter did not heed the warning which resulted in the non-payment of their salaries for the period they were on strike.”
He said that the meeting explained to the union that the management had no hand in the non-payment of the salaries.
“The workers were made to understand that JUTH had no hand in the salaries issue as payment was being undertaken by the IPPIS platform in the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja.
“The workers were also convinced by the minister’s explanation that the JUTH management had never written a letter asking that their salaries be stopped as was wrongly conceived,” the statement said.
The CMD who said he was sad with the effect of the strike on the patients urged JUTH staff to join the management in addressing the challenges facing the hospital.
“We are confident that the lessons learnt from the experience will further spur us into working together to deliver quality health services,” he said.
He thanked Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, Sen. Dariye, the Federal Ministry of Health and security agencies in Plateau for their contributions toward ending the dispute.
Banwat also commended the workers that insisted on being at work during the period of the strikes “ to help the patients”.