Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) Embarks on Nationwide Strike Despite Court Injunction

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Despite The National Labour Commission obtaining an interlocutory injunction on Friday, against the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRMA) to restrain them from embarking on their proposed strike action beginning Monday, September 21, 2020, they still decided to go on strike.

Abandoning their posts except for emergency services.

All O.P.D. (Out Patients Department) duties have been totally called off nationwide, which includes not attending to pregnant women.

Even though an Accra High Court, (Labour Division Court 1) presided over by Justice Frank Aboagye Rockson has ordered the nurses to sit down with the National Labour Commission (NLC) to get their grievances resolved.

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) notified the government on Thursday, September 17, 2020, that its members and allied associations including the Ghana Physician Assistants Association and Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anesthetists will withdraw their services from Monday, September 21, 2020.

According to the association, the strike was part of their demands for improved conditions of service.

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In the press issued on Thursday, September 17, 2020, by the Association, the nurses argued that the government’s stance during negotiations fell foul of Act 651 of the Labour Law which deals with issues of good faith for stakeholders, which the association appears to have an issue with.

The statement signed jointly by the Presidents of the GRNMA, Ghana Physician Assistants Association and the Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anesthetists also directed the general public to seek medical attention from other health facilities.

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“The Employer is hereby notified that Nurses, Midwives, Physician Assistants and Certified Registered Anaesthetists will withdraw their services from Monday, 21st September, 2020 if they fail to address the concerns raised by the GRNMA team,” the statement said.

“All Nurses, Midwives, Physician Assistants (PAs) and Certified Registered Anaesthetists (CARS) in ALL public institutions are directed to withdraw their services from 8:00 am on Monday, 21 September, 2020.

“The general public is advised to seek medical attention from other health facilities”.

One of their main concerns for which they are striking is that they claim they are not being treated as essential service staff.

They want equal treatment and better conditions of services too. When these concerns are addressed they promise to return to work.

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