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Ghana's Healthcare Nurses and midwives begin nationwide strike

The Coalition of Unpaid Nurses and Midwives are embarking on an indefinite strike today, February 3, 2016 over unpaid salaries and arrears.

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The Coalition of Unpaid Nurses and Midwives are embarking on an indefinite strike today, February 3, 2016 over unpaid salaries and arrears.

According to the group, numbering around 7000, in spite of 'round table discussions, promises and reassurances' by the Ministry of Employment and Labour relations to have all of them paid by December 2015, only 30 percent of its members have been paid so far.

RELATED: 3000 nurses, midwives in Ghana to strike

The Coalition, in October 2015 suspended its nationwide strike in relation to the salary arrears following pleas from its mother association, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives' Association and government to rescind their decision while payment process continued.

But, speaking to Pulse.com.gh, Spokesperson of the group, Dorcas Essel said they are yet to receive their full payments as promised.

"January we were expecting that they will pay us, but nothing came. So we've been working on it. We've been going to the Ministry of Health, we've been going to Controller; We talked to the Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, he gave us the assurance that he will ensure that the money will be paid. But ending January nothing was showing like that. So we have planned to embark on a strike."

RELATED: Mahama blames nurses' strike on poor human resource management

She was further hopeful that the strike action would yield positive results.

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