The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) will, from 0800 hours Thursday, September 24, begin full work pending the outcome of further negotiations.
National President of the GRNMA, Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, announced the suspension of the strike action at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, following the Interlocutory Injunction by the National Labour Commission (NLC), which was officially served on the Association’s Head Office Administrator by a court bailiff on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
She said in the face of the injunction and the respect for the courts coupled with its innate passion to serve its patients and clients and for the better good of Ghanaians, the Association had decided to suspend the strike action.
She, however, said: “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to indicate that the strike action is merely suspended and our gallant nurses, midwives, Physician Assistants and Certified Registered Anaesthetists are to begin full work on Thursday, 24th September, 2020 at 8:00am with the morning shift.”
Ms Ofori-Ampofo commended the entire membership of the Association and its allies for the unity and massive support exhibited during the period.
She said the leadership was called to a meeting on Wednesday with the National Labour Commission (NLC) and pledged that leadership would not fail them, urging the entire membership to keep faith with it.
Ms Ofori-Ampofo, however, said while going back to the negotiation table, the Association would like to urge their Employers, the Ministry of Health and its agencies, especially the Directors of Christian Health Association of Ghana and management of some Ghana Health Service facilities, to halt all forms of intimidation tactics towards members of the Association.
The GRNMA, she said, would not tolerate any form of intimidation or victimization from employers, agents or representatives in any facility.
“We want them to note that an attack on any nurse, midwife, Physician Assistant or Certified Registered Anaesthetist at any facility anywhere in the country is an attack on the entire fraternity in Ghana, and if that comes to our notice we shall deliver the appropriate response,” Ms Ofori-Ampofo said.