Psychiatric nurses declare indefinite strike

Psychiatric nurses at the Accra Psychiatric hospital have declared an indefinite strike effective Thursday October 1, 2015 following what they describe as governments ‘untruthfulness’ in the payment of their arrears.

The nurses went on a sit down strike on August 3 this year over nonpayment of salary arrears which some say spans over 10 months.

Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu promised the leadership of the nurses that their outstanding arrears would be paid in the shortest possible time. The minister said “At least by the end of September, all the outstanding issues would have been cleared.”

Mr. Iddrisu also added that he had directed the Auditor General to speed up the verification and validation of their names.

He said the Finance Ministry as well as the Controller and Accountant General are also deeply involved in resolving the issue.

 According to the nurses who resumed work following governments promise say “they have not been taken seriously.”

Spokesperson for the psychiatric nurses Emmanuel Fabri in an interview said “as of now we are all going home and we would stay home until government pays us all what they owe us.

“Some of us have rents to pay because some outstanding debts and we were hoping that government would go according to its promise and pay us but it seems they are not taking us serious.

“Right now we do not know what to do about it so we are all going home and until something concrete and positive is heard from government we are not returning to work. They owe us and must pay.”

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By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin