After successful efforts to avert the indefinite strike by mortuary workers last week, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG) will engage tomorrow to resolve the grievances of the workers.
The meeting which would be attended by all the stakeholders, including the Ministries of Finance, Health and Employment & Labour Relations, is to develop a roadmap in addressing the concerns for pay increase and better conditions of service by the workers.
Ahead of the meeting, the executive of MOWAG has sent its proposal on the issues, for the consideration of the government side.
A letter from the FWSC, dated May 2, 2019, inviting the executive of MOWAG to the negotiation, said the “meeting is to discuss the road map for addressing MOWAG’s concerns.”
It was copied to the Ministers of Finance, Health and Employment & Labour Relations, the Ghana Health Service and National Labour Commission,
The General Secretary of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana, Richard Kofi Jordan, confirmed tomorrow’s meeting to ADR Daily, and expressed optimism of a positive outcome.
“In line with the rule of engagement, we are expecting the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to bring a counter proposal as part of the development of the roadmap for a solution,” he said.
The mortuary workers had planned a nationwide strike action starting from May 2, in furtherance of their quest for enhanced pay and working conditions. The workers also criticised the government’s poor response to their issues.
But a pledge by the FWSC to commit to the negotiation process averted the strike action.
Benjamin Nana Appiah/ adrdaily.com