Doctors Angry GMA To Lay Down Tools Over Pension Contributions

The Ghana Medical Association has given government a May 30, 2015 ultimatum to pay accumulated arrears of conversion difference.

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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has threatened to embark on a series of strikes if the problems with the payment of their conversion difference and pension contributions are not resolved in two months.

An Accra Fast Track High Court last year ruled against the GMA over the payment of conversion difference by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC). This was after the Commission protested a directive from the National Labour Commission (NLC) and proceeded to resolve the matter in court.

According to the association, doctors working in the public sector continue to suffer from reduced pensions and benefits due to government’s refusal to pay conversion difference.

Conversion difference is defined by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) as the difference between the salary of a jobholder overpaid on a previous salary structure and his current salary under the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) in order not to make him or her worse off.

President of the Association, Dr Opoku Adusei in an interview with Citi FM said doctors will not be cowed by a court process in demanding what is due them.

Meanwhile the GMA has given government a May 30, 2015 ultimatum to pay accumulated arrears of conversion difference because their base pay was reduced when they were enrolled onto the SSSS.

He said “if the issue of conversion difference is not resolved, it may lead us to further actions.”

The doctors are frustrated by government’s failure to put in place service conditions for them as essential service providers.

They have warned they will consider themselves unemployed if their conditions of service are not negotiated and signed by the stipulated date.

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