The Minister of Employment and Lab-our Relations, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, has asked the leadership of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), to consider the economic constraints of the country as the two commence negotiations to reach an agreement on new Conditions of Service for the doctors.
Mr. Haruna, who briefed the media before meeting the doctors yesterday in Accra to start the negotiations after the three weeks strike, said the economic conditions of the country would not permit the government to commit to outrageous terms by the doctors.
He said the government was committed to the principles of negotiation with its employees in a fair and transparent manner for the betterment of the workers and the country at large.
He said the negotiation, must be a win-win for the country and not a victory for any particular group in the talks.
But, the doctors have warned, they would resort to their industrial action if government failed to meet their demand for it to be considered into the 2016 Budget which is expected to be read in November.
President of the GMA, Dr. Kwabena Opoku Adusei, said all they were concerned about was a codified and favourable Conditions of Service which would not impoverish doctors while in service and after retirement.
The negotiations, at the behest of the National Labour Commission (NLC), must be concluded in the next three weeks for its outcome to be factored into the 2016 budget.
The doctors called off their three-week-old strike to return to the wards after the NLC and other civil society organisations impressed on the two parties to engage in negotiations to minimise the effect of the industrial action, especially on the ordinary Ghanaian.
By Julius Yao Petetsi