The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, has suspended all negotiations on conditions of service with public sector workers until the migration unto the single pay policy is completed.
But the Health Service Workers Union, HSWU, says it has scheduled one month with the commission and government to conclude negotiations on conditions of service with them.
Government and stakeholders in the health sector have concluded the framework on conditions of service for all professionals in the sector.
As part of the framework on the conditions of service, all stakeholders have agreed to conclude their negotiations within one month.
“We have one month for each union or professional association to conclude negotiations and that begins from when you start the negotiation. Currently the GMA has been asked to begin so we don’t know when exactly they will finish theirs. But as soon as the GMA finishes, another group will be invited. We are also in the process of developing our proposals because you can’t go to the negotiating table without proposals. The framework document has just come out but we will still need to negotiate” said Abu Kuntulo, General Secretary of the Health Services Workers Union, HSWU.
Currently, the Ghana Medical Association has started the negotiations and is expected to conclude by July, 29.
However, the threat by the Ghana Medical Association GMA, to withdraw their services has triggered simmering agitations among other health professionals.
The Health Services Workers Union, has therefore convened an emergency meeting with its leaders across the country to manage the agitations.
Ahead of the negotiations, the union is calling for transparency among stakeholders.
“We wish to draw the attention of the parties to imbibe transparency; that is full disclosure of information and good faith during the negotiations and to respect the principles and procedures underpinning negotiation and collective bargaining as well as the essential service provision under the Labour Act 2003, Act 651” Deputy HSWU General Secretary, Reynolds Ofosu Tenkorang cautioned.