Nurses and midwives also deserve cost of living allowance – UPNMG

The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) says its members deserve cost of living allowance (COLA).

Nurses and midwives also deserve cost of living allowance – UPNMG

In a statement signed by the UPNMG’s national PRO, John Agbenyeavu, the Union said a stop-gap measure is required to cushion nurses and midwives in these tough times.

The UPNMG, therefore, called on the government to pay a 20% COLA to all public sector workers to enable them cope with the high cost of living.

Read the full statement below:

The leadership of the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) is surprised at the laxity with which the welfare of Nurses and Midwives have been handled within these hard economic times.

In 2014, a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) of 10% of Public Sector Workers Basic Salary was paid to workers to cushion us when things got tough due to high cost of living. In 2022, we find ourselves in a similar economic situation and we expected nothing short of a similar stop gap measure to cushion the many Nurses and Midwives in the Country.

Yesterday, Unions in the education sector laid down their tools to drum home this request which was brought to the attention of the Employer during the May Day celebration and followed up with a formal letter by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) on the 24th of June 2022.

We, the members of the UNION OF PROFESSIONAL NURSES AND MIDWIVES, GHANA (UPNMG) are equally calling on the government to as a matter of urgency to introduce at least 20% of our basic salaries as COLA whiles we wait for the managers of the economy to turn things round. The strike called by teachers in their joint press release is a call in the right direction and deserve the full backing of all labour unions in the country.

We have waited for the bearer of the Collective Bargaining Certificate for Nurses and Midwives to make a move in demanding for this COLA but little is heard from them. We have thus taken it upon ourselves as the second largest union within the Nursing and Midwifery profession to appeal to the government to as a matter of urgency take a critical look at the matter.

The earlier we begin to think about relooking at the conditions in which Nurses and Midwives work in Ghana the better it will be for our health system as Nurses and Midwives play a major role in the health delivery system.

The leadership is therefore calling on the employer as a matter of urgency to pay all Public Sector Workers the COLA to avert further industrial actions.

John Agbenyeavu (National PRO)

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