Health sector unions and Professional Associations to join workers over 20% COLA

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The Health Sector Unions and Professional Association which comprises of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Health Services Workers’ Union (HSWU) has served notice to strike by 22 July 2022 if their demand for 20 per cent Cost of Living Allowance is not granted.

The health workers stated that given the current challenging economic circumstances in the nation, they, like organized labor, desire the 20 percent COLA for their members.

In a statement, the health workers stated that they had hoped the meeting between the government and organized labor on July 12, 2022 would have handled the COLA issue. However, the meeting fell short of its goal.

“We, therefore, serve notice to government as an employer that if by 22nd July, 2022 the negotiations on COLA is not completed, the aforementioned health sector unions will have no other choice than to embark on a series of actions as spelt out below which will in no doubt disturb the industrial harmony within the health sector:

“Wearing of red arm/wristband in all health facilities – 25th July to 27th July, 2022. Withdrawal of Out-Patient Department (OPD) Services – 28th to 31st July, 2022. Withdrawal of OPD and In-patient services – August 1, 2022,” the statement outlined.

Read the statement below:

The Teacher Unions which have declared an indefinite strike include the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCTG), Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) and the Universities of Ghana Senior Staff Association are already on strike over the 20% COLA.

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