The Health Services Workers’ Union has declared a nationwide strike starting Tuesday (26 October 2021), because of what it describes as delayed negotiations for better conditions of service for union members.
The union says the many attempts to get the government to address its grievances have proven futile, resulting in the 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, declared: “The Health Services Workers’ Union of the Central Region is serving the government notice that … 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.”
The workers said the decision to embark on a strike springs from the failure on the part of the government and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to improve their working conditions.