Ghanaian Doctors Ordered To Call Off Strike And Return To Negotiation
The National Labor Commission, NLC, has instructed the Ghana Medical Association, GMA, to immediately call of its three week-old strike.
The commission in a communique issued after talks with all the parties involved in the impasse, asked the GMA and the government to resume negotiations immediately and report back to it on Monday August 24.
The NLC on Wednesday met with government as the employer represented by the Ministries of Health, Employment and Labour Relations, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the Ghana Health Service on one hand, and the Ghana Medical Association on the other.
The commission’s intervention was in pursuant to Section 186 (1)(a) of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), which mandates it to facilitate the settlement of industrial disputes.
The commission said it appreciates the difficulties after hearing the parties and hence issued the following directives.
1. That the GMA should take steps to call off the strike immediately.
2. That both parties, government and the GMA, should resume negotiations and report to the commission on Monday, 24th August at 4:00pm.
3. That the commission having been seized with the matter, both parties should cease all media engagements forthwith.
It is unclear yet what the response of the GMA would regarding the directive for them to call off the strike.
Negotiations over doctors’ demand for improved and well-documented conditions of service have stalled in the past two weeks forcing doctors to intensify a strike action that has severely affected health delivery nationwide.
The doctors have threatened they may resign en bloc if their demands are not met after exhausting the needed processes.