Strike: JOHESUN is not a registered entity, says Labour Minister

Strike: JOHESUN is not a registered entity, says Labour Minister
June 22 20:57 2016

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has expressed concern over the legality of the planned industrial action by some unions under the umbrella of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).

Reacting to Wednesday’s threats of strike by the coalition, the minister said in a statement in Abuja that the Joint Health Sector Union is an unregistered entity ant that its planned strike is “ill-advised and in bad faith.”

Below is the full text of the minister’s statement:



The attention of the Federal Government has been drawn to the activities of a group of trade unions operating as an unregistered Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) under the Federal Ministry of Health who has declared a seven-day warning strike effective today, June 22nd, 2016.

The Federal Government wishes to state unambiguously that the so called warning strike is ill advised and in bad faith more so as the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has since waded into the matter and is in fact, in negotiation with the Ministry of Health and the affected Health unions.

We wish to add that we are fully committed to the implementation of the Trade Dispute Act, hence, the overriding need for these unions to ask their members to return to work immediately as negotiation continues next week, Thursday, June 29, 2016 as agreed at the last joint conciliatory meeting of June 21, 2016.

It is important to add at this juncture that there is nothing like ‘warning strike’ as strike is strike and must follow all procedures as clearly stipulated in the labour laws. Seven days of illegal absence from work is tantamount to abandonment of work and we therefore appeal to the members of these unions to attend to their duties in the various hospitals and health establishments through the country.


Sen. Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige (OON)

Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment