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Imo health workers down tools

Hospitals and other health institutions in Imo State embarked on a warning strike last Wednesday.

A notice to this effect, signed by the state chairman of the Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union Side), Comrade Okwara Coleman and the secretary Mrs. Ogini A.N. lists three major grievances of the health workers.

They include the nine months salary arrears owed staff of the Imo Specialist Hospital, Umuguma, the situation at College of Nursing and Health Sciences Amaigbo and problems in the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) Orlu.

The statement decried the high level of ill-treatment meted on members of the union and the unconducive working conditions at work places.

It condemned what it described as “high level of disregard by government” and so directed all health sector workers in the state to go on strike.

The gates of the Specialist Hospital has been shut since two weeks following the strike embarked upon by the workers to protest the nine months arrears of salaries owed them as well as their status in the government concessioning arrangement for the hospital.

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