In order to address concerns about their working conditions, the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG) decided to postpone their planned strike after meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC) on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.
The Mortuary Workers started the strike on Tuesday due to unresolved concerns about their terms of employment, which included low pay, unfavorable working conditions, and a dearth of personal protective equipment (PPE).
In an interview, MOWAG General Secretary Mr. Richard Kofi Jordan gave the public assurance that morticians would be able to continue their work.
“Our members are actually at post, and we have communicated clearly to them to continue to work. We have only expressed an intention to strike, but it hasn’t started. Mortuaries are open, and our services are ready,” he said.
He also urged those who had concerns about retrieving bodies for funerals to proceed, stating, “All those who have done funerals and are afraid that they might not have their bodies, I’m sorry to disappoint them; the bodies are there. Everybody should go pick up his/her body tomorrow, or Friday.”
The public, who depend on morticians for vital services, is relieved that the walkout has been called off.
This comes after a protracted battle over terms of service between the government and the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana, which included demands for increased pay, better working conditions, and more personal protective equipment.
MOWAG threatened to go on strike in October 2023 if their demands were not met.
Although there was a meeting with the government, no decision was made at that time.