Nurses and midwives have embarked on an indefinite strike with immediate effect until what they described as poor working conditions under which they work are addressed by the government.
The nurses and midwives sounded the war drum a couple of weeks ago and urged the government to respond to their demands for an increase in their allowances.
However, the leadership of the trainees say their concerns have been ignored hence their decision to withdraw their services until their demands are met.
Speaking to Citi News on Monday, President of the Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association, Andrew Tetteh said the junior nurses have long been taken for granted and it was time for them to stand up and claim what is due them.
He said student nurses who started work in 2009 till now have not been paid making life unbearable.
“The 2008/09 batch has been working for almost two years without salary,” he said.
“They have been posted to various parts of the country without money to rent a room, what would they use for feeding, the student nurses are tasked with the payment of their own school fees. No subsidization from government and at the end of the day they receive only 45 Ghana cedis while those in the teacher training institutions who do not even pay school fees and feeding fees at end of the month take a cool 2. 5 million Ghana cedis.”
He said the salary disparity is causing an economic embarrassment to the student nurses hence their decision to embark on the strike with immediate effect.