More trouble hits health sector as…Gov’t asks Docs to stop strike

•    Mr. Haruna Iddrisu — Minister of Employment &  Labour Relations

• Mr. Haruna Iddrisu — Minister of Employment & Labour Relations

The government has described the withdrawal of service by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), as illegal, and urged it to call off the partial strike, with immediate effect.

A statement, issued by Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, copied The Ghanaian Times, said “the government has lately been in discussion with the GMA on conditions of service for medical officers.

“Government wishes to note that already, the Public Service Joint Negotiation Committee (PSJNC) is involved in a universal discussion of Category 2 and 3 allowances. Any negotiations of such allowances must, therefore, be under the ambit and all in line with the work of PSJNC,” the statement said.

It said the partial withdrawal of service by the GMA amounted to coercion and an attempt to compel the government to negotiate under duress.

“Government is of the view that while these processes are ongoing, it is unfair and against the rules of labour practices for the GMA to declare a partial strike by withdrawing all outpatient services.”

The statement said it was important for the government to conduct a financial analysis of the impact of any such conditions of service on the government expenditure, in order not to adversely affect the annual budget   approved by Parliament.

“Also, as a result of the need to maintain equity and fairness in public sector remunerations, especially in order not to jeopardise the recently implemented Single Spine Pay Policy, it has become necessary for the government to seek the advice of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission on the demands put forward by the doctors.”

It restated government’s commitment to   the creation of a conducive working environment for all public sector workers, noting that “the demands contained in the proposed conditions of service have never existed in the past.”

By Times Reporter

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