Doctors, nurses and other health workers must withdraw their services through COLA
Doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health workers across the country have said they will withdraw their services if the government does not pay their cost of living allowance (COLA).
Unions include the Ghana Medical Association, Registered Nurses and Midwives of Ghana, Health Service Workers Union and Association of Government and Hospital Pharmacists.
In a joint statement seen by JoyNewsunions and professional associations in the health sector have said they will boycott inpatient and outpatient services by August 1, 2022 if the government does not address their concerns.
The associations say their resolution comes after a meeting between unions and the government on Tuesday July 12 ended without result.
“Unfortunately, like other members of the labor movement, we have not yet received a favorable response from the government.
“We therefore advise the government as an employer that if by July 22, 2022 the COLA negotiations are not completed, the aforementioned health sector unions will have no choice but to embark on a series of actions,” the statement said. .
To this end, the workers have specified the measures they will take to express their dissatisfaction.
“Wearing of the red arm/bracelet in all healthcare facilities – July 25 to July 27, 2022. Withdrawal from outpatient services (OPD) – July 28 to 31, 2022. Withdrawal from OPD and hospitalization services – August 1, 2022,” the statement read. .
Unions across the country are demanding that the government pay members 20% of their base pay as COLA to protect them against the current economic hardship.
On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the government met with the unions but representatives of some teachers’ unions left the meeting, thus necessitating an adjournment by the Minister of Employment and Labor Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah.
Read the full statement below: