Mortuary workers from all over the country have threatened a strike action over bad conditions of service. According to the mortuary workers, they will start the strike.
Strike will remain and that “total withdrawal of all services until we are convinced that our concerns presented to the Ministry of Health are fully addressed.”
Richard Kofi Jordan, the General Secretary of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana, said in a press statement and enumerating a number of issues of concern to the workers which have not been addressed by the right authorities.
He said that it is unfortunate that our concerns should have reached this top such that they have no alternative than to option to a nationwide industrial action that is envisaged will bring a deep result.
The statement further said, “You may wish to note that the following series of complaints per the proposals submitted upon the request of the Ministry of Health, no fruitful responses and outcomes were received.”
Some of the issues of concern which border on illegalities are enumerated as follows: “many of the mortuary workers are denied perpetual their annual leave in violation of section 20 of Act 651; most mortuary workers work more than the required eight hours, including Saturdays and Sundays in violation of Section 33 of Act 651.”
it further disclosed that “Most have been employed as casual and temporary workers in violation of Section 74 and 75 of Act 651, which does not give assurance job security particularly in the environment in which they work; in terms of payment, it is unlucky to state that mortuary workers are treated as most unrecognized in the sector and for that matter, least paid on the salary structure of Ministry of Health with no single allowance,”.
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