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Ghana Medical Association warns of strikes

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The Ghana Medical Association has served yet another warning of possible industrial actions beginning March 3, 2014, to press home their demands for its members in the public sector to be paid a Conversion Difference.

The warning, contained in a statement by the GMA, follows what it says are the reluctance or clear lack of will by state institutions – National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) – to pursue the matter.

The statement which was copied to President John Mahama and the Health Minister among a tall list of recipients, accused the NLC and FWSC of evincing a clear intention to ensure that members of the GMA are denied their rights while the NLC itself has deliberately failed to ensure enforcement of its own ruling.

It said this is because for almost 9 months, a motion for enforcement of the said ruling was not moved by the NLC culminating in same being dismissed by the High Court at the instance of the FWSC when on January 31, 2014, the NLC failed to appear in Court to move the motion.

“This situation is grossly unfair/unacceptable to the GMA especially when we are reliably informed that the Legal Teams of NLC and FWSC had earlier agreed to go to Court on a later date instead of on January 31, 2014, at the request of FWSC. It is also not in tune with the letter and spirit of the Labour Act.”

The GMA http://www.ghanamedicalassociation.org said it believes the conduct by both NLC and FWSC is a calculated attempt to frustrate and deny its members their rights under the pretext of working through the Courts. But the Association said it will not allow this to happen.

“The GMA hereby urges the NLC to as a matter of urgency ensure that the situation is corrected and the case relisted for hearing.

“The GMA also takes this opportunity to formally notify the NLC of the Association’s decision to put in place a series of measures including possible industrial action(s) effective March 3, 2014, to press home our demands since the state institutions are clearly failing or working against our common good per their conduct.”

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