A coalition of four health worker associations have announced they will embark on industrial action to demand a 20% cost of living allowance (COLA).
In a series of measures to halt the provision of health care in public facilities, the four groups, namely; Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA); Health Service Workers Union (HSWU); and the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) say that if COLA negotiations are not completed by July 22, 2022, they will embark on a series of actions that will disrupt the healthcare industry .
A press release signed jointly by the Secretary General of the GMA, Dr. Titus K. Beyuo, the President of the GTNMA, Ms. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo; HSWU General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and GHOSPA President Pharmacist Nathan Coompson said the action will begin with the wearing of red armbands/wrists in all healthcare facilities between July 25 and July 27, 2022 .
This will be followed by withdrawal of Outpatient Department (OPD) services between July 28 and July 31, 2022.
The coalition also intends to culminate the protest with the withdrawal of OPD and inpatient services on August 1, 2022.
Read the full statement below;
JOINT PRESS RELEASE ON 20% COST OF LIVING INDEMNITY (COLA) CLAIM BY JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNIONS
Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Ghana Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Health Service Workers Union (HSWU) and Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) being constituent members of organized labour, have made a request to the government for 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for our members in view of the difficult economic situation prevailing in the country.
Unfortunately, like other members of the labor movement, we have not yet received a favorable response from the government.
We had hoped that the meeting called by the government with the unions on July 12, 2022 would have solved the problem, but the meeting did not achieve its objective.
We therefore inform the government as employer that if by July 22, 2022 the COLA negotiations are not completed, the aforementioned health sector unions will have no choice but to embark on a series of actions as set out below which will in no way doubt disrupt social harmony within the health sector:
From July 25 to 27, 2022. Wearing red armbands/wrists in all health facilities.
July 28 to 31, 2022 – Withdrawal of Outpatient Consultation Services (OPD)
August 1, 2022 – Withdrawal of OPD and Inpatient Services
Long live the unions and associations of the health sector! Long live union solidarity!