The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) has entreated the leadership of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) to go back to the negotiation table facilitated by the National Labour Commission to find an amicable solution to close negotiations on the GRNMA’s impended strike
In a Press release issued by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and dated Monday September 21, 2020 indicate that a four week period was agreed upon by the two parties to make firm decisions on the ongoing proposal.
“Both parties therefore quickly agreed to a four (4) week time frame where concrete decisions would be taken on the outstanding proposals and also agreed to keep these out of the media for the duration of negotiations. The Government Team is therefore at a loss as to why the GRNMA decided to declare an industrial action effective 21st September 2020, contrary to our underlying agreement reached on 16th September 2020.”
Per the statement, an agreement was reached to keep the media out for the period of the negotiation.
“Per the Rules of Engagement signed and dated 29th July 2019 at the inception of the negotiation process, parties agree that they will refrain from going to the press while negotiations are ongoing”The statements has said
The FWSC has referred the situation to the National Labour Commission in response to which the Commission has issued an Interlocutory Injunction directing them to call off the strike.
Earlier, the GRNMA and its allied Associations including Nurses, Midwives, Physician Assistants Association, and Ghana Association Of Certified Registered Anesthetists in a statement served notice that it will embark on a strike action to press home their demand for improved conditions of service.
It noted that the government was going contrary to provisions 97 of the Labour Law (Act 651) of the Labour law.
According to the Association, after series of meetings with the government it’s posture and position “changed for the better but did not meet the expectation of the majority of nurses, midwives, Physician Assistants Association and Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anesthetists in Ghana.