Psychiatric nurses end strike

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, has assured nurses of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital that their accumulated salaries would be paid in bulk into their accounts by the end of September.

The 191 aggrieved nurses have agreed to this, and consequently called off their sit-down strike and resumed work.

The minister gave the assurance at a meeting with the nurses and a delegation from the Ministry of Health, in Accra yesterday.

Mr. Iddrissu, apologised to the aggrieved nurses for the delay in the payment of their salaries, and asked them to give government a maximum of two weeks to look into the issue.

The nurses agreed to the request, saying they would follow up on it after the two weeks. It was decided that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), would be signed between them and the minister pending the release of their salaries by September ending.

The Spokesman of the Aggrieved Psychiatric Nurses, Mr. Emmanuel Febiri, told The Ghanaian Times that they were returning to work with “a human face and for the love we have for our   patients.”

“Our wards are not encouraging, within just a day that we withdrew our services. We are going back to work but we will take the necessary action if the Employment Minister fails to deliver as promised, “ Mr. Fredrick Donkoh, one of the nurses, said.

The nurses of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital embarked on a sit-down strike on Monday to demand payment of their outstanding salaries from government.

The nurses, who assumed work variously in June 2013, September 2013, April 2014 and May 2014, have not been paid their salaries.

By Linda Aryeetey

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