Health workers demand better conditions of service

File photo of health Nurses.

The Health Services Workers Union (HSWU) of Ghana has reiterated its call on government to urgently address its concerns to avoid members embarking on a nationwide strike.

The Union has in recent times made some demands to improve on the welfare of its members which still remain unresolved.

At a meeting between leadership and members of the Union in Ho, the workers lamented that they have been neglected by government in terms of welfare and logistics, as compared to Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses and Midwives who have received preferential treatment.

The meeting between the leadership and members of the Health Services Workers Union (HSWU) in Ho was attended by representatives of the 2,844 members at all the health facilities in the Volta and Oti Regions to deliberate on issues affecting their welfare.

They mentioned the full implementation of the Collective Agreement which was signed in 2015 and the category two and three allowances which have been on the table of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission as some of the issues.

They lamented that government has still not fulfilled its promises of paying insurance and the 50 percent bonus for frontline workers despite risking their lives during the peak of the COVID -19 pandemic.

The Volta and Oti Industrial Relations Officer of HSWU, Harriet Amponsah, called for review and implementation of the collective agreement saying government has discriminated against the Union looking at the favorable treatment received by their counterparts in other health institutions.

The General Secretary of HSWU, Franklin Owusu-Ansah said government is still adamant to members’ unresolved concerns especially the COVID-19 package. The Health Services Workers Union of Ghana comprise staff members at the various departments and units at the health facilities excluding doctors, pharmacists, nurses and midwives.

By: Elorm Aryee.

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