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MOWAG suspends intended strike

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The Mortuary Workers Association Ghana (MOWAG) said it has suspended its intended strike, which was scheduled to take off on Wednesday, May 1.

That, it said, was to allow the Association to honour a meeting called by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to address its demands.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the side-lines of the May Day Parade at the Black Star Square, the General Secretary of the Association, Richard Kofi Jordan, said the members had been left disappointed because nothing was said concerning their grievances.

“We were thinking that with the critical situation, in which we are now, the President would have said something to console or calm the aggrieved workers on the occasion of the celebration of Workers’ Day,” he said.

“But that, notwithstanding, we believe that he has delegated power to somebody who has communicated to us about the pending meeting with the Commission.”

Mr. Jordan said, over the years, the workers had grappled with numerous challenges, which had hindered the effective delivery of their service.

“Our low wages, for instance, has a direct effect on our pensions, working tools and poor working conditions such as inadequate protective clothing, working for long hours, denied leave holidays, and even working on weekends were all major issues were hampering the progress of work.

“Tomorrow is the day set for the strike but as I said we are governed by law and agencies such as the Labour Commission and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, which are set up to see to labour issues such as ours”.

“We, therefore, respect the invitation for us to go into negotiations and we hope that by the end of the meeting our grievances will be addressed”.

Mr. Jordan, therefore, called on members to remain calm and resolute as they hope to reach consensus with the Commission and for that matter the Government.

“I want my fellow workers to know that no matter how long it takes justice will be served and hopefully our expectations would be met.”

SourceGNA

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