We’re running out of patience – Pharmacists warn gov’t

The Government Hospital Pharmacist Association (GHOSPA) has threatened to use all means to press home demands for improved conditions of service if government fails to address their concerns.

The group in a statement said it is “facing serious difficulties in concluding negotiations for Conditions of Service for pharmacists in the public sector.”

It indicated that its petition regarding existing and new grade structure for pharmacists as well as the existing issues pertaining to their interim market premium “which has traveled over six (6) years remains unresolved.”

GHOSPA therefore called on the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, The Ministry of Health, The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, The National Labour Commission to resolve these challenges or face their wrath.

“This Release is to serve Notice to Government and all stakeholders of our intention to utilize all legitimate means to press home our demands if, on or before 20th July 2016, we do not have any conclusive agreements on the Single Spine issues (Grade Structure and Market Premium) and the Conditions of Service Negotiations. It appears if no drastic measures are taken, the status quo will remain and be marked by excuses, adjournments, and unnecessary delays.

“We, as executives, would not hesitate to the trigger the collective decisions and implement the roadmap as put together by our national delegates to bring finality to our issues.We may not want to disturb the industrial harmony on the Labour front but we cannot keep mute forever. Enough is enough.”

GHOSPA strike

In August 2015, GHOSPA withdrew its services at various hospitals over unresolved issues with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) over conversion differences after migration unto the Single Spine Salary Structure.

The strike say the suspension of Out-Patients Departments (OPD’s), nights and weekend services.

However, emergency cases and in-patient was attended to.

By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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