The Medical Laboratory Professional Workers Union (MELPWU) has issued a warning of an impending nationwide strike following their decades-long fight for conditions of service. The union’s members claim they have been working without conditions of service for too long, and it is high time the government signs their conditions of service. Failure to comply by May 15 could lead to industrial action.
General Secretary of MELPWU, Cephas Kofi Akortor, noted that it is essential for employees to have a condition of service. He urged the government to address their request and provide them with a condition of service as a primary or basic requirement for their job.
The Union had previously issued a statement expressing their happiness about participating in the 2023 May Day celebration in Bolgatanga for the first time since they became a union. They described their involvement in the celebration as a significant achievement in their efforts to secure the best welfare for their members in the medical laboratory field.
MELPWU accused the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) of being indifferent to their request for negotiations on their conditions of service. They have reported the FWSC to the National Labour Commission to take necessary action.
“For the most part, we will continue to use the laid down channels. However, as a Union that bears the concerns and increasing frustrations of medical laboratory professionals, we appear to be running out of patience and may advise ourselves in the near future,” the Union warned.
In conclusion, MELPWU has called on the government to address their concerns and sign their conditions of service before May 15. Failure to do so could lead to industrial action, which could have adverse effects on the health sector.