Mortuary workers declare nationwide strike from Thursday

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Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG) has announced members will embark on a nationwide strike from Thursday, October 1 over their long-standing unresolved grievances. In a press release signed by the Association’s General Secretary, Richard Kofi Jordan, the members noted that they “had to work in intolerable conditions including the constant inhalation of dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde”. MOWAG noted that its employer, the Ministry of Health (MOH), has failed to resolve members’ grievances and only seemed to make moves to resolve the grievances. “MOH was supposed to have effected certain simple changes in the working conditions of the members of MOWAG but did not and have not, to date. “Having become tired of its inactions and being aware that the Government appears to be nowhere near taking a serious look at the grievances of the MOWAG, pursuant to resolving same problems, the MOWAG, under the Article 159 of the Labour Law (Act 651) has now initiated the industrial strike action till its demands are met.” MOWAG entreated all mortuary workers in public health institutions – Ghana Health Service, CHAG, Teaching Hospitals, University Hospitals and other quasi health institutions – to lay down their tools as agreed on October 1 until further notice. “Ghana Government, do your part NOW and MOWAG will rescind its decision-Formalin dey kill us waii,” the statement added. By Kaziah Owusu Afram||Ghana]]>

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