The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Care Professionals (AHCP) of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, Cross River state, have given the federal government an ultimatum to pay the promotion arrears of their members from 2014 till date.
The bodies, at the end of their joint congress on Wednesday, released a communique wherein they gave the government till December 31 to comply with their wishes.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Ken Bassey, Secretary of JOHESU/Chairman, Senior Staff Association, FNHP, Calabar, said the attention of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has been drawn to the issue.
The unions also called on the federal government to immediately and unconditionally pay their members so they can have a festive yuletide with their loved ones.
He said, “Many workers are indebted, many have even mortgaged their salaries because they borrow money upfront to pay their children’s school fees, house rent and other utilities and this is why we are giving the Federal Government till December 31, to pay our arrears from 2014 till date.”