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Registered nurses, midwives to embark on nationwide strike from Monday

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association has announced it will on Monday, September 21 begin a nationwide strike.

The strike follows series of meetings between the employer and the association that ended in both parties not agreeing on issues related to their conditions of service.

“Following series of negotiation meetings held with the Employer and the posture of same in the on-going negotiation on the conditions of service for nurses, Midwives, Physician Assistants and Certified Registered Anaethetists, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) issued a communique on 4th September 2020 informing the general membership about the posture of the Employer contrary to the provisions 97 of the Labour Law 2003 (Act 651).” – parts of a statement from the association read

The GRNMA and its Allied Associations (Ghana Physician Assistants Association and Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anesthetists) on September 9 also served notices to all stakeholders concerning their next line of action after the meeting with their employer.

Having reconvened in the meetings held on 15th and 16th September, 2020 the posture of the Employer changed for the better but did not meet the expectation of the majority of Nurses, Midwives, Physician Assistants and Certified Registered Anaesthetists in Ghana.

The GRNMA National Council in collaboration with its Allied Associations has discussed fully the report of the GRNMA/Allied negotiating team on the proposal of the Employer and has concluded as follows:

1. The proposal of the Employer as reported cannot serve the economic interest of ALL Nurses, Midwives, PAS and CRAs.

2. The Employer is hereby notified that Nurses, Midwives, Physician Assistants and Certified Registered Anaesthetists will withdraw their services from Monday, 21 st September 2020 if they fail to address the concerns raised by the GRNMA team.

3. All Nurses, Midwives, Physician Assistants (PAS) and Certified Registered Anaethetists (CRAs) in ALL public institutions are directed to withdraw their services from 8:00 am on Monday, 21 st September, 2020.

4. The general public is advised to seek medical attention from other health facilities.

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