GHOSPA threatens to embark on strike

The Northern Regional chapter of the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) has threatened to embark on industrial action at the end of February if their prolonged grievances were not addressed by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).

The group said it had monitored and taken cognizance of the deliberate sluggish attitude with which the FWSC and the National Labour Commission (NLC) have adopted in resolving the issues of properly migrating hospital pharmacists onto the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

These were contained in a press statement issued in Tamale on Tuesday and signed by its spokesperson Mr Frank Kumi, which said that after a period of three-and-a-half years, it was startling that no remarkable headway had been made since the NLC gave its ruling on the issues of grade structure for pharmacists on the SSSS.

“Despite all the efforts and series of chronological events involving various offices and stakeholders; from NLC, to Chief of Staff to a Cabinet sub-committee, nothing shows that the FWSC is truly committed in solving this stalemate”, it stated.

The statement said NLC in a letter dated 1st November 2012 gave a vague ruling on the matter of grade structure, which it said the entry point of GHOSPA members be moved a step upward on the SSSS, noting that what was unclear about the ruling was its silence on the other upper grades or positions of pharmacists.

It questioned whether the NLC had any moral ground to call on labour unions to order, when its very own inaction had resulted in a blatant infraction of the labour laws by FWSC, adding,

He said “We hereby make it clear that our silence is seriously being misconstrued; our reputation is subsequently being compromised, the earlier it calls FWSC to order, the better”.

It urged Ghanaians not to blame GHOSPA for any industrial action but FWSC, since it had failed to address their grievances. GNA

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