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Warning as: Strike signal seri0usly sent by Public Services Workers



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 Strike action from July 19 as the Public Services Workers Union sent a signal  to demand a 20 percent Cost of Living Allowance.

The union will be joining its cohorts in the pre-tertiary education sector, which have been on strike since last week.

Various groups including the Union of Professional Nurse and Midwives have also joined calls by some public sector workers for the government to pay them the 20% allowance.

The Union in a statement said, the strike was in response to the government’s lack of action on the request for the allowance, amid the rise in inflation and cost of living in Ghana.

“In the midst of rising cost of living, inflation currently pegged at 27.6% (with a propensity to rise further), and pending astronomical increases in utility tariffs, the economic analysis which formed the basis of our acceptance of a 1-year salary increment for the year 2022 has obviously been thrown out of gear. Considering the worsening economic challenges, members of the PSWU are left with no other option but to draw attention to their economic wellbeing,” the statement added.

The decision to strike was taken at an emergency meeting on July 8.

The Ministry for Employment and Labour Relations will later today hold a second meeting with organised labour over their agitation for the 20% Cost of Living Allowance.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Registered Midwives, Ghana has joined calls by other public sector workers for a cost of living allowance.

In a press release dated July 10, the leadership of the association noted that like other republic sector workers, the current economic crisis is having some adverse effects on midwives across the country.

“We are in much agony over how the wellbeing of midwives is handled in these challenging times. The cost of living in Ghana has been high, particularly this year (2022) due to economic crises.”

“The leadership of NARM, GH seeks to add our voice to the ongoing concerns of various unions advocating for an immediate implementation of at least 20% Cost of Living Allowance for Public Sector Health Service Workers which include midwives in order to make workers feel at ease in this difficult times,” parts of the statement read.

This comes nearly a week after some organised labour unions began demanding the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) amidst the economic hardship that has dragged the country to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Already, teacher unions have declared an “indefinite strike” over the government’s failure to pay the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) they asked for.

Also, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) and the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives Ghana (UPNMG) are making similar demands.

Over 27,000 public sector workers are also likely to go on strike. This was after the workers said they can no longer shoulder the burden brought upon them by the prevailing economic hardship in the country.

Meanwhile, NARM is urging all its members to remain calm as they engage the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the government to improve the standard of living of midwives.

“NARM, GH, which has the best interests of all midwives at heart, especially their welfare, implores its members to remain calm and have faith in the leadership.”

They also urged the government to include all public sector workers in the payment of the cost of living allowance to avoid more industrial strikes.

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