The Government Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA), has threatened to intensify the ongoing strike within the next 10 days, if government fails to engage them and address their concerns.
Members of the association have since last week Tuesday withdrawn their services indefinitely to demand from government a correct grade placement and a fair interim market premium.
The national president of GHOSPA, Pharmacist Agyeman Badu, said at a press conference in Accra yesterday that the striking pharmacists had endured enough of the inequity and injustice from government and would no longer buy into promises.
“What we are looking for is a clear-cut commitment on the part of government and a roadmap which would facilitate the implementation of the National Labour Commission (NLC) ruling in 2013 and cabinet’s sub-committee recommendation, which puts us on a 114 market premium,” he said.
Mr. Badu accused the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) for blatantly refusing to comply with rulings and determinations made by the NLC to resolve the matter, which had travelled over the past last six years through every due process.
“We have patiently and respectfully appeared before several committees, meetings, and negotiations with no results, FWSC has made it abundantly clear its resolve to hide behind the law to perpetrate such blatant injustice on pharmacists in the public sector.”
Mr. Badu stated that the association was, however, ready to meet the NLC at any court, based on its directive that GHOSPA appears before the NLC in court today Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
“We will appear to the extent that the issues are on the stalled conditions of service negotiations, we do not believe there is anything more on our salaries for NLC to adjudicate on after six years,” he said
Mr. Badu reiterated that the association was not demanding favours from government, but was rather requesting that the time tested relativities that reflects in salaries for everyone in the health sector which was duly affirmed and fortified by the Price Water House Coopers Job Re-evaluation should be the basis for paying pharmacists.
The association assured government of its determination to carry the fight to the end, having waited and endured for nearly six years for a resolution, saying, ‘We believe no individual or institution should be allowed to hide behind statute to destroy one critical workforce in the public sector to gratify his personal desire’.
GHOSPA urged patients, clients, colleagues and superiors at work to bear with them in their trying moments.