OFFICIAL: Striking doctors to lose their pay – Gov’t

Striking public sector doctors are to lose their pay for the month of August, government has said.

This follows the Medical professionals embarking on a strike action while their negotiation with government over their conditions of service was underway.

Government has described the doctors action as illegal and has asked them to return to work as the negotiation process continues, however the doctors have remained adamant.

In an apparent move to sanitize the labour front, government has ordered for the compilation of all public sector workers who deserted their posts as a result of a strike or protest in recent times for their names to be submitted to authorities for the necessary action to be taken on them.

Per the directive given by the sector Ministry, such personnel may at least forfeit their salary for the period they’ve absented themselves from work.

The Employment and Labour Relations Ministry emphasized that this contravenes the provisions of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651), which states among others that a worker on strike “may forfeit his/her remuneration in respect of the period during which he/she is engaged in the illegal strike.”

See Full statement released by Government

PRESS RELEASE

Government wishes to remind all public sector workers of the provisions of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651), which states among others that a worker on strike “may forfeit his/her remuneration in respect of the period during which he/she is engaged in the illegal strike.”

Government is accordingly directing all heads of government establishments where workers have embarked on illegal (partial or full) strike actions to compile and submit to their respective Ministers of State the list of workers who have been absenting themselves from work as a result of a strike or protest.

The compiled lists are to be submitted to the Ministry of Finance on or before Friday August 14, 2015 for necessary action. By this statement, Government is once again appealing to public sector workers presently on strike to call off their action and return to work while negotiations continue in good faith.

Haruna IDDRISU (Hon.)

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT & LABOUR RELATIONS ACCRA

August 11, 2015.

Credit: Kasapfmonline.com

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