GHOSPA Strike We are ready to face NLC in court - Striking pharmacists

GHOSPA, on Monday, declared an indefinite strike in protest of  what they call the failure of the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to address discrepancies in their market premium payment.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The leadership of the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) has said it is ready to face National Labour Commission (NLC) in court over its industrial action.

GHOSPA, on Monday, declared an indefinite strike in protest of  what they call the failure of the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to address discrepancies in their market premium payment.

The National Labour Commission has since described the strike as illegal, but the striking pharmacists have vowed to go ahead with the action.

READ ALSO: We will call off strike if government shows commitment - GHOSPA

Addressing a news conference in Accra on Tuesday, September 13, National President of GHOSPA, Agyemang Badu, said the association is amazed at the conduct of the NLC on the matter.

“Since we declared this strike, the National Labour Commission has rushed to court to sue GHOSPA. We are very surprised at their conduct and impressed with the haste with which they have rushed to court. They have issued express directives on our grievances that the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has openly flouted over the last two years, yet NLC has deemed it necessary to activate the legal process of enforcing their order.

“Be as it may, we want to assure the NLC that GHOSPA is ready and determined to meet them in court. NLC has issued a directive that we appear before them tomorrow, Wednesday, 14 September. We will appear to the extent that the issues are on the stalled conditions of service negotiations. We do not believe that there is anything more on our salaries for the NLC to adjudicate after six years. Let us add that the duration of cases before the NLC is a big threat to industrial harmony. Matters concerning essential services like GHOSPA are supposed to be addressed in three working days [but] this issue has been before the Commission for six years,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu has said meeting the demands of striking pharmacists is almost impossible.

READ ALSO: Gov't cannot meet your demands - Minister tells GHOSPA

According to him, the government did not make provisions for market premiums for agitating pharmacists in the 2016 budget.

“There is little that can be done because it was not budgeted for in the 2016 budget, therefore, government is unable to accede to their request,” he said.

The Labour Minister believes the strike will only discomfort patients and has, therefore, urged the pharmacists to rescind their decision.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Marriage Material Stop hustling for husbands after acting 'silly' in...bullet
2 Katanka Car Kantanka releases Ghana's own G-Wagonbullet
3 Crime 3 Police officers arrested for renting out guns to armed robbersbullet
4 Contradiction Nana Addo hasn't paid GH¢1 billion NHIS debt -...bullet
5 Millionaire's Club Kennedy Agyapong is not my business partner –...bullet
6 Contradiction 10,000 nurses won't be employed in May - Health...bullet
7 Photos East Legon to Spintex road opens to trafficbullet
8 Threats Powerful people are threatening me to shut up – Aningbullet
9 Alleged Fraud Police deny arrest of young millionaire Ibrahbullet
10 Fraudulence Lawyer convicted for fraudbullet

Top Videos

1 Video I don't have time for sex - Obinimbullet
2 Video Obinim church members confess sexual sinsbullet
3 Ebony's Death Video of Ebony's soldier singing 'morale songs' goes viralbullet
4 Video Sad tale of Ghanaian journalist who left BBC for $162,000...bullet
5 Political Marriage Ras Mubarak Marries Muntaka's Daughter As...bullet
6 Failed Promises Nurses threaten to vote against NPPbullet
7 Accident Truck driver survives death in accident at Taifabullet
8 Preparing For Death Pastor makes his tomb in his housebullet
9 Military Pack US historian Horne links US military...bullet
10 #One Corner New dance craze hits Swedrubullet

Local