Doctors strike TUC condemns leaked document on doctors' service condition

The TUC said Government must take steps to improve human resource management in the Public Service

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President John Mahama with TUC boss, Kofi Asamoah play

President John Mahama with TUC boss, Kofi Asamoah

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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for an investigations into the leakage of the service condition proposal presented to government by the striking medical doctors.

According to the TUC, such acts undermine the integrity and confidence required in negotiations between worker unions and government.

The TUC in a statement said Government must take steps to improve human resource management in the Public Service

Below are details of the TUC statement

Labour Concerns and Agitations

The Leaders of Public Sector Unions of Organized Labour met on Tuesday, 4th August, 2014 to discuss the strike actions by health workers to back their demands for conditions of service and the payment of outstanding salaries.

The Leaders noted that the situation was due, largely, to Government’s inability to proactively address the concerns of Public Sector workers. If Government had acted in good faith on the concerns of the Doctors, Pharmacists’ and Nurses, the situation could have been avoided.

It is unfortunate that Government could release proposals submitted by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to the media. We condemn this act because it is a fatal flaw that undermines the negotiation and has the potential of undermining Government’s credibility in all negotiations with social partners. Negotiations are founded on principles of good faith and trust and nothing should be done to undermine these principles.

We demand that Government should investigate the leakage and punish those found culpable.

We call on all parties involved in the current impasse to resume negotiations and to refrain from any act that could further strain the relationship. We also urge all parties to negotiate in good faith and to work within agreed timelines. All parties must avoid discussion of issues under negotiation in the media.

Government must take steps to improve human resource management in the Public Service particularly in areas of compensation and benefits.

We urge the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) to resume work while negotiations continue.

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