Kwaku Asante-Krobea of The National executives of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association has warned the government and all those it may concern that the association will be embarking on a strike soonest.
The association registered their reservations against the delay in their payments as well as the criminal activities of extorting money from health workers before they obtain promotions for which they are due.
They demand that a monthly allowance of GH¢ 500.00 be paid for all the unpaid months before November runs out. They also request the scraping of government’s 3-months salary arrears policy which is not helping promoted nurses and midwives.
Kwaku Asante-Krobea, the President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) made the announcement during a news conference in the nation’s capital, Accra.
He stated that their long time idea of resolving issues with the government through dialogue and avoiding strike unlike other health care professionals seems to have been taken for granted by the government.
Thus, their recent decision to demonstrate and dare go on strike if their demands are not met.
Kwaku Asante-Krobea said:
“We put on record that since the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure nurses and midwives are the only core health care professionals who have not embarked on any strike or lockout.”
“This is not because we are so satisfied with our placement on the structure and the amount of money, but rather we have always believed dialogue can resolve our issues but now we think otherwise,”
“We expect that by the close of this month or November, these allowances will be paid; but not a pittance of GH¢ 150.00. We demand for these trainees for the reasons adduced earlier, that government must pay them not less than GH¢ 500.00 a month through their respective banks.”
The association laid out their various demonstration strategies:
- 1st to 6th November, 2016, there will be the wearing of red bands
- 7th to 13th November 2016, withdrawal of all OPD services, only emergency and maternity cases will receive attention; and
- 14th November 2016 onwards, industrial action begins, withdrawal of all services with only in-patients will be cared for.
The GRNMA President says that psychiatric nurses and midwives in the Ashanti Region will be part of the demonstration. He warned that the government should take their warnings serious in order to avoid imminent breakdown in the health of psychiatric patients.