The Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union (MELPWU) has declared its support for Organised Labour’s call for a Cost of Living Allowance.
According to the Union, it will be compelled to join the ongoing indefinite strike by teacher unions if the government fails to negotiate and pay the 20% COLA to cushion workers.
“As a Union that holds the bargaining right for medical laboratory professionals, it noted that we cannot restrain our members when it becomes necessary to join forces to press home the demand for the payment of COLA if we find the government not to be acting in the best interest of workers,” the union said in a statement.
The statement, signed by Cephas Kofi Akortor, General Secretary of MELPWU, noted that the economic hardship in the country is affecting all public sector workers including medical laboratory professionals.
“We believe that the payment of a 20 percent COLA, as demanded by Organised Labour, though not sufficient, will cushion workers a little against the increasing cost of living,” it said
Cost of living, according to the union, is tied to wages so when prices of goods and services go high, more money is needed to pay for them.
“The cost of basic goods and services in the country including the non-negotiable ones such as housing, lorry fares, food, water, clothing, taxes, healthcare, and fuel just to mention a few have all gone up. The employer must urgently intervene.
“We are therefore urging the employer to negotiate with Organised Labour in good faith and give a solution to cushion workers and retirees,” it stressed.