Health Workers On Nationwide Strike

The Health Services Workers’ union has declared a nationwide strike starting Tuesday (26 October 2021) due to what they term delayed negotiations for better conditions of service of its members.

The union says several attempts to get the government to address their grievances have proven futile resulting in members’ decision to abandon post.

Addressing a news conference in Cape Coast on Monday (25 October), the regional industrial relations officer of the union, John Paateri Konibe said: “…The Health Services Workers’ Union of the Central region is serving the  government a notice that henceforth, from tomorrow 26 October 2021, all HSW union members will lay down their tools.”

“…As part of this the union wishes to state that it is not our wish to cause industrial disharmony and disrupt smooth delivery of health service but the continuous disregard by the government team to heed to our simple request has pushed us to the wall.”

He added: “We entreat members to stay resolute, fearless, focused and united until the union’s demands are met.”

They said the decision to embark on strike is as a result of failure on the part of the government and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to better their working conditions.