Court to rule on doctors’ strike

The Accra High Court (Industrial and Labour Division), will today rule on the legality or otherwise of the industrial action by medical doctors.

A statement of claim accompanied by the writ of summons filed by the General Secretary of the United Front Party, Listowel Nana Kusi-Poku, prayed the court to declare the decision to embark on strike as illegal.

It also prayed the court to compel the doctors to go back to work and negotiate for the Conditions of Service they were seeking for.

“The plaintiff says unless this court intervenes, the defendant will not recant its decision,” the statement said.

The statement averred that members of the public to whom the doctors render essential services , had suffered irreparable damages.

It said the defendant’s action was in contravention of the Labour Act 651 which prohibits essential service providers such as the one provided by doctors, from embarking on strike while negotiating.

The plaintiff said a careful perusal of the reasons why the doctors embarked on strike, revealed that the latter ought not to have members of the public as a bargaining chip for improved Conditions of Service.

The statement noted that the claim of non-existent Conditions of Service for doctors was inaccurate.

The plaintiff stated that while the defendants were entitled to their demands as far as improvement on existing conditions were concerned, same must be done through laid down labour principles.

The statement also sought a number of reliefs including a declaration that there was an existing Conditions of Service for doctors.

It also prayed for a perpetual injunction compelling the defendants to return to work and exhaust all the channels of negotiations.

By Malik Sullemana

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