The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives’Association (GRNMA) wants the government to as a matter of urgency initiate measures to implement the 20 percent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) which the association and other labor groups have called for within the past few months.
The association intimates that Base Pay negotiations for 2023 which should have been completed as at April 2022 are still pending. In view of the aforementioned issues, GRNMA says it will be imperative for a public sector joint negotiating committee meeting to be called as soon as possible to discuss these pertinent matters.
”The plight of the Ghanaian nurse and midwife is worsening by the day in the face of increasing prices of goods and services, with our meager salaries not affording us the opportunity to have any decent living”, the release said.
Pensions and Association dues contribution the GRNMA says are all in arrears with Rotation nurses and midwives having up to nine months arrears of their allowances not paid. It has therefore called on the government to expedite action on the payment of these statutory payments.
”We wish to reiterate the need for the government as the largest employer to invest in nurse and midwives and prioritize the improvment of our working conditions as we continue to battle the covid-19 pandemic”.
The association made these demands in a press release signed by President of the Association Pertual Ofori-Ampofo and General Secretary David Tenkorang-Twum at its second quarter of National Council meeting in Accra and copied to Zaa news.
The Ghana Registered Nurses and midwives Association, is the single largest health sector union in Ghana that holds the Collective Bargaining Certificate for all nurses and midwives in the country.
Source: Ghana/Tamale/zaanews.com/Lilian D. Walter