Mortuary workers in the country have threatened to embark on an industrial action starting on Thursday, October 1, if the government does not review their conditions of service.
In a statement signed by the General Secretary of the Association, Richard Kofi Jorgan, they have been working under unbearable conditions.
“By this notice, all Mortuary Workers in public health institutions: Ghana Health Service, CHAG, Teaching Hospitals, University Hospitals and other quasi health institutions are hereby directed to lay down their tools on the 1st day of October until further notice”, said.
He indicated that their meagre salary, as well as allowances given to them, have left them perpetually assigned to hardship.
The statement added that the government, through the Ministry of Health, has shown little commitment in addressing their grievances.
“The MOWAG brought this and other burning issues negatively affecting it to the notice of MOH long ago. Yet only seeming moves were made by the entities concerned to resolve the grievances”
“Finally, having become tired of its inactions and being aware that the government appears to be nowhere near taking a serious look at the grievances of MOWAG, pursuant to resolving same problems, the MOWAG under article 159 of the Labour law (Act 651) has now initiated this industrial strike action till demands are met”.
Below are some of the concerns raised by the group
1. Unresolved issues of salaries, allowances, Job placements and promotions.
2. 50% bonus promised by the president to motivate front line workers but denied Mortuary Workers without explanation even after petitioning His Excellency the President.
3. Mechanization and Employment of mortuary workers as long ago agreed by the MOH and MOWAG.
4. Non-provision of adequate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to guarantee safety against the pandemic and other diseases that are confronted on a daily basis at the mortuaries despite all the assurances from the government.
5. Victimization/ intimidation of some members of the MOWAG by some institutional heads contrary to the spirit behind labour Act, 2003 (Act 651).
6. Labour department’s refusal to respect and obey the directive of the National labour Commission after the commission directed over a year ago that it does not support illegality as in the case of unlawful withdrawal the MOWAG’s collective bargaining certificate, and therefore tasked the department to restore them”.
Story by: Kwesi Ewusie Nunoo | universnewsroom.com