Ghana’s labour union wades into gov’t-doctors’ impasse

Organised Labour has chastised government for not acting in good faith on the grievances of doctors, and health workers in general.

In a statement signed by Secretary General of the Ghana Trades Union Congress Dr Kofi Asamoah, Organised Labour described as unfair government’s intention to release proposals submitted by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to the media, and by extension, the public.

The Secretary General, in Wednesday’s statement, described government’s position with regard to negotiations as a fatal flaw, stressing it has the potential of undermining government’s credibility in all negotiations with social partners.

The statement further indicated that negotiations are founded on principles of good faith and trust and nothing should be done to undermine these principles.

It demanded that government investigates the leakage of the doctors’ proposals as regards their conditions of service and punish those found culpable.

Organised Labour called on all parties involved in the current impasse to resume negotiations and refrain from any act that could further strain the relationship.

Dr Asamoah urged the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) to resume work while negotiations continue.

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