Labour Unrest Biomedical laboratory scientists threaten another strike

The association has accused the Ministry of failing to speed up processes in setting up an independent three-member committee to commence investigations into the launch and implementation of the three national policy documents

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The Ghana Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists (GABMLS) has warned it would embark on another strike due to the undue delay by the Ministry of Health in resolving its concerns over a national policy for laboratory scientist nationwide.

The association has accused the Ministry of failing to speed up processes in setting up an independent three-member committee to commence investigations into the launch and implementation of the three national policy documents which led to their strike in August.

READ ALSO:GABMLS Strike Health Ministry begs laboratory scientists not to strike

In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of GABMLS, Dennis Adu-Gyasi, the group  accused the National Labour Commission (NLC) of “being in bed with the MoH,” in  side-lining their request.

“NLC, in my view, has relegated its responsibility and seems to be in bed with the MoH.

“When will employees have fair treatment from agencies that are [tied to] the apron strings of government? It is my desire that the NLC sits up to avert any further industrial unrest from the camp of the members of the medical laboratory profession any time after the 26th of October, 2016 if a ruling is not given on the matter.”

The statement further states that though GABMLS went through the required procedure at the NLC on September 7, following a request by the Ministry of Health the Ministry has failed to honour its part of the bargain several weeks after the scheduled date.

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 “The only communication received so far is a letter which indicates the committee, when inaugurated, will be expected to finish its work on the 15th of December, 2016, which is far more than the six weeks requested by the Minister of Health when he appeared at the NLC,” he added.

“Is it the case that the issue is not being considered as one to be handled with urgency? Are the laboratory physicians being pampered to have their way? Are members of the medical laboratory profession not justified to embark on another industrial action?”

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