GHOSPA suspends 'partial strike'

The Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) has suspended its partial strike declared last month.

The Association says it will resume the dispensation of drugs to out-patients.

The pharmacists in public health facilities had withdrawn out-patient and night services, complaining government had failed in resolving their grievances as regards the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP).

A decision to scale up that action was withdrawn after assurances from government.

What sparked their action was failure of parties to implement a directive by the immediate past Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, to get their conversion differences under the SSPP rectified.

National GHOSPA President Stephen Okoe Corquaye, in an interview with TV3’s Daniel Opoku on Tuesday, September 1, said: “Looking at the posture of the employer it looks like this time around things will happen”.

The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, is reported to have directed parties involved in negotiations especially the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) as well as the Ministry of Finance to get the pharmacists their allowances.

“We still want to keep our eyes on the ball,” Mr Corquaye stressed.

“Our members have decided to suspend the strike. We can still resume the strike if nothing happens.”

He said they will police the process until it reaches a stage where their demands are fully met.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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