If you are a health worker and are part of those on strike, you may be about to lose your job.
The federal government is fed up with you and wants to sack you.
However, if you resume work today (Wednesday), you could save your job.
This was the government’s position in a circular issued by the Director, Hospital Services Department, Dr. O.J Amedu, on behalf of the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
In the circular with a reference number, DHS/166/T2/220 and dated May 28, 2018, which was addressed to the chairmen of all the governing boards of health agencies, the minister said any striking health worker that failed to resume within 48 hours would be dismissed.
He further stated that any person on the level of assistant director and above had no right to join the strike as they were part of the management staff.
The document read: “Governing boards should direct all staff members on strike to return to work within 48 hours or be considered as having absconded from work without leave.
“Failure to return within 48 hours attracts immediate dismissal and should be so due to their absence from duty without leave in line with Public Service Rules, PSR-030413.
“In view of this, governing boards are requested to direct Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors within 72 hours of this circular to advertise for employment of workers to fill the vacancies created.”
Recall that JOHESU, which is an umbrella union for all non-doctors in the medical profession, has been on strike since April 18.
The union is asking for a salary increase in relation to the pay of medical doctors.