GHOSPA delcares intention to strike
Sunday, 10 July 2016
Posted by: Frank KUMI, Editor
Government and Hospitals Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA), says its members are
facing serious difficulties in concluding negotiations on Conditions of Service in public health facilities across the country.
“We also wish to indicate that GHOSPA’s petition regarding existing new grade structure for pharmacists in the public health service as well as the existing issues pertaining to our interim market premium, which has travelled over six years remains unresolved,” a statement signed by Agyeman Badu, National Chairman in Accra at the weekend said.
It said GHOSPA has met the Government Negotiations Team a number of times, but the key allowances remain flagged and subject to one adjournment after the other since July 2015.
“GHOSPA in the course of the process petitioned the National Labour Commission (NLC) seeking an immediate resolution to all outstanding issues with the Fair Wages and Salary Commission (FWSC).
“Meetings and hearings at the NLC have so far yielded no positive results with each meeting laced
adjournments due to one excuse after the other,” the statement said.
It said from non- appearance of the FWSC, to no quorum of the commissioners of the NLC, to four different counts of postponement, pharmacists who are essential service workers have endured all these tough times.
The statement said: “This is where we are! Nothing tangible achieved. Just moving round in circles. Our members have been groaning in this merry go round since 2010, with nothing to show for our key contributions to the healthcare delivery system whilst we seek the comfort and welfare of our cherished clients and patients.
“We are therefore calling principally on the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, The Ministry of Health, The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, The National Labour Commission and by Extension the Government, to see the resolution of the aforementioned issues with dispatch.
“GHOSPA wishes to state that the injustice meted out to us must stop. This dilly-dallying must cease. We are essential service workers and we demand that we are treated as such.”
The statement warned the Government and all stakeholders of the intention of members to utilise all legitimate means “to press home our demands and if, on or before July 16 we do not have any conclusive agreements on the Single Spine issues (Grade Structure and Interim Market Premium) and the Conditions of
Service Negotiations, we, as executives, would not hesitate to trigger the collective decisions and implement the roadmap as put together by our national delegates to bring finality to our issues”.
“We may not want to disturb the industrial harmony on the Labour front but we cannot keep mute forever.
Enough is enough. Public Sector Pharmacists deserve Better,” GHOSPA said.