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Industrial action Doctors have lost confidence in NLC – Former GMA president

The member of GMA's negotiation team told Joy News that rulings by the NLC have been flouted by the government on countless number of occasions; yet, the commission has refused to “raised a finger”.

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According to a former President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Emmanuel Adom Winful, the union has lost confidence in the ability of the National Labour Commission (NLC) to resolve the impasse between striking doctors and government.

The member of the Ghana Medical Association’s (GMA) negotiation team told Joy News that rulings by the NLC have been flouted by the government on countless number of occasions; yet, the commission has refused to “raised a finger”.

“By the tenets of the labour law, three days after an employee in an essential service has brought up a complaint, measures must be put in place to resolve it. If nothing can be done within the three days, then there is a 14-day period within which all arrangements must be made to resolve it. If it doesn’t work, then there should be compulsory arbitration,” he said.

“Why are we sitting here and the NLC has kept quiet on this important issue [has remained unresolved] till date. They haven’t come out with any document, statement or anything, they are quiet. The NLC has been quiet about this important issue till date”, Dr. Winful added.

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Members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) have embarked on a strike to demand improvement and codification of their conditions of service.

Talks between government and the striking doctors have stalled on several occasions. While the doctors say government has not been negotiating with them in good faith, government has said it cannot negotiate under duress.

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Dr. Winful who has observed that NLC has consistently failed to enforce its own rules questioned why the commission has remained silent in the labour unrest saying, “They have awarded cost against government in favour of GMA but they have not been able to enforce their own rulings so they even cannot come and talk to the GMA as a credible arbitrator simply because they cannot function as an arbitrator. As far as GMA is concerned, nobody has any trust in them. I do not have trust in the NLC [because of] the way it is apparently composed… their own laws and rules have been flouted by government and they have not raised a finger on this issues”.

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