More Trouble for Government as Nurses and Midwives also Demands COLA
Nurses and Midwives also demands COLA to cushion them in this difficult time. This was sighted in a press released which is making rounds on social media. This was released on July 5th, 2022 a day after the four teacher unions declared strike action over their demand for 20% increment for COLA.
The content of the press release reads, “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 nothin short of a similar stop gap measure to cushion the many Nurses and Midwives in the country.”
They referenced teachers in the education sector that laid down their tools, demanding for what they are also asking the government for. It reads, “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 Traders Union Congress (TLC) on the 24th of June 2022”.
Learning from the smart move of the Teacher Unions, they decided to follow suit to also call for COLA to sustain them in this difficult time. This was stated in the released, “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”.
They applauded the decision of the teacher unions and called on all unions to bark them. The statement reads “The Strike called by teachers in their joint press release is a call in the right direction and deserve the full barking 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 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, as stated in the press released”.
“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.”
This is not looking good at all for the government especially at the time they decided to eat the humble pie and seek IMF bailout.
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