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Drag doctors to the Labour Commission – Labour analyst to Gov’t

A labour analyst, Austin Gamey wants government to drag the striking doctors to the National Labour Commission (NLC) after several attempts to make them return to work failed.

This comes on the back of government’s call for the doctors to suspend their strike and continue with negotiations on their demands.

The doctors are demanding the provision of a document of their conditions of service.

In an interview with Citi News, Austin Gamey maintains that reporting the doctors to the NLC is the only way to resolve the current impasse because the doctors are bent on breaking the law to achieve their goals.

“I don’t know what is wrong with the employer. The employer should have gone to the National Labour Commission and report the conduct of the GMA as a union, saying we are going to begin negotiation, already they are holding my head that if I don’t agree to negotiate and complete the negotiation on their terms then we will declare a strike which they have now started and, therefore, the way they are going about it is out of place,” he said.

In a related development, government has called on the doctors to call off their “illegal strike.”

A statement signed by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu stated that government has been negotiating with the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) hence it was wrong for them to continue to be on strike while negotiations were ongoing.

“Government is of the view that while these processes are on-going, it is unfair and against the rules of labour practice for the GMA to declare a partial strike by withdrawing all outpatient services.”

“This amounts to coercion and an attempt to compel government to negotiate under duress.”

“The current withdrawal of services is illegal and Government calls on the GMA to call off the partial strike with immediate effect,” said Haruna Iddrisu.

Source: citifmonline

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