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Doctors & Nurses threaten strike over 20% COLA

Medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists & other health service workers threaten industrial actions from July 22, 2022, if gov’t fails to conclude negotiations on 20% cost of living allowance (COLA).

In a demand notice issued in Accra on Wednesday, the Joint Health Sector Unions and Professional Associations told government that they will commence a series of industrial actions from the 22nd of July 2022 if “negotiation on COLA is not completed”.

The joint health sector workers are made up of the Ghana Medical Association, Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Health Services Workers’ Unions and Government Hospital Pharmacists Association.

According to the unions, the expectation that Tuesday’s meeting between Organised Labour and government will resolve the issue “failed to achieve its objective”.

They have therefore decided that members of the various unions and associations will wear red arm and wrist bands from the 25th of July; withdraw out-patient department services from the 28th of July and add in-patient services on 1st August.

The series of activities outlined by the health sector workers, coming in the wake of an ongoing strike by teachers and threats to withdraw services by other Organised Labour groups, “will in no doubt disturb the industrial harmony within the health sector.”

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