The Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) today in a press conference accused the Fair Wages and Salary Commission (FWSC), the body task to negotiate wages on behalf of government, for unjustly attempting to drive a wedge between pharmacists and other health professional groups in the health sector.
They excoriated the FWSC for hiding behind an excuse that any attempt to resolve GHOSPA’s longstanding grievances with the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) will threaten industrial harmony. “The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has through its Grievance Review Committee released a self-serving report that seeks unfortunately to throw dust into the eyes of the public, pit [sic] us against our colleague doctors and nurses and threaten industrial mayhem and chaos if Government resolves the GHOSPA issue,” read the statement.
GHOSPA insists that this is a deliberate tactic that has been employed by the FWSC since the association started agitating against what they see as inconsistencies in the placement of pharmacists on the SSSS dating way back to 2010. “We have seen, heard and read these tactics for years,” adding they were not asking for favors but rightful placement on the SSSS reflecting the scores of a reevaluation conducted by the FWSC in 2016 and prior to the implementation of the SSSS. “We are demanding 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. We won’t compromise on what is our due and has been proven scientifically.”
GHOSPA whose members comprises of public sector pharmacists has declared a nationwide strike for the past 9 days. The strike has severely affected pharmaceutical service delivery across the country’s public sector hospitals. People living with HIV and other infectious diseases (e.g. TB) appear to be the hardest hit owing to the fact that proper treatment of these conditions warrants constant and adequate supply of antimicrobial medications.
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