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MELPWU threatens nationwide strike on 17 June

This development comes in the wake of unsuccessful negotiations with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC)

The Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union (MELPWU) says it will not back down on its intended nationwide strike, scheduled to begin on Monday, 17 June 2024, to demand better conditions of service for its members.

This development comes in the wake of unsuccessful negotiations with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).

In an interview with the Bono regional chairman of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) which is under MELPWU, Mark Dankwah said, they are not suspending their intended strike until 20 June 2024, as directed by the National Labour Commission as they served a strike notice to the Commission since 4 June 2024.

“We had negotiations with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and we gave them a notice on June 4’2024, that if they don’t sit down for us to complete the negotiations and know our way forward, we are given them up to the 17 of this month (June), we would embark on a serious strike, that means we would put everything down.

“If we go on strike it will affect the blood bank because the pregnant mother depends on the blood bank, emergencies, accidents and, operations all depend on the blood bank. So if the blood bank doesn’t work for just 15 minutes, we don’t know the number of lives we would lose.”

“We have considered all these things but there has been no sign by the FWSC indicating that we should call off the strike and they are ready to sit down with us,” Dankwah said.

The union is again asking the government to provide urgent financial clearance for the recruitment of qualified medical laboratory scientists as there has not been any recruitment since 2018.

“There is a second issue not only with the condition of service but on employment.

The Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union (MELPWU) has been negotiating with the government for better conditions of service for its members for the past two years.

However, the prolonged negotiations have prompted the MELPWU to announce a strike action starting on Monday, 17 June 2024, to pressure the government to conclude the negotiations.

Membership of MELPWU comprises Medical Laboratory Scientists, Medical Laboratory Technicians and Medical Laboratory Assistants in the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Teaching Hospitals, Health Training Institutions, Ahmadiyya Health Services of Ghana and the University of Ghana Medical Centre among others.

Reporting by Daniel Donkor in the Bono Region

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