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Go Back To Work – NLC Tells Striking Health Services’ Workers

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Go Back To Work – NLC Tells Striking Health Services’ Workers

The National Labour Commission (NLC) wants the health services workers to call off their strike.

This comes as the Health Services Workers’ Union embarks on industrial action in protest of what they describe as unfavourable conditions of service.

The members, spanning over 40,000, comprise lab technicians, record personnel, orderlies, among others.

An earlier meeting with the government to get the union to discontinue its strike has proven futile.

Executive Secretary of the NLC, Ofosu Asamoah, said they were unaware of the workers’ decision before the protest.

“They didn’t inform us of their action, but we heard on the radio, and we quickly contacted the ministry about it,” he said.

They urged that the union leadership appears before them for negotiations over the concerns raised.

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“We have directed them to call off the strike and appear before the commission to settle the matter… they said they have also heard about it, so negotiations are ongoing, and we’ve asked them to call off the strike and appear before us,” Mr Asamoah added .

Meanwhile, industrial action is taking a toll on healthcare delivery across the country.

In the Ashanti Region, Out-Patient Departments of some health facilities are empty with no one to attend to patients.

Hundreds of patients have been left stranded as the clinics and hospitals turn into ‘ghost towns’.

 

 

 

 

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Teachers Alliance Ghana Set To Embark On Demonstration Over Salary Reductions

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Teachers Alliance Ghana Set To Embark On Demonstration Over Salary Reductions

A teacher union, known as All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) is set to embark on a demonstration on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

The protest, according to the group, is to drum home their displeasure over government’s decision to deduct an amount of ¢509 from the teachers’ professional development allowance as payment for the one-teacher one laptop policy.

According to the Union, the deduction is being done at a time when a legal battle seeking to terminate the implementation of the initiative is ongoing.

General Secretary of All Teachers Alliance Ghana, Albert Dadson Amoah, in an interview on Accra-based Citi News monitored  by GhArticles.com said “they [GES] should prepare for us. Teachers are minimizing themselves. We want to use this forum to call on GES once again to immediately refund the GH₵ 509 to teachers.”

“Besides, there are some GES workers who are not teachers, there are the cleaners, cooks, among others. Some earn as little as GH₵ 700 and the government has gone ahead to deduct GH₵ 509 from their salaries. How are these people expected to survive?”

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Mr Amoah who believed that teachers have been persistently disrespected stressed that this time around, they will not look on, unconcerned but will protest until their grievances are addressed.

Meanwhile, the Founder of the Innovative Teachers Association Ghana, Stephen Desu said since the matter is pending in court it is unnecessary for ATAG and other teacher unions to embark on a demonstration.

“We will concentrate on the court issue and not waste our time demonstrating. We disagree with the step they intend to take.”

Under the One teacher, One laptop policy, the government required that teachers pay 30 percent of the cost of GHS 1,550 through deductions from their salaries while it paid 70 percent.

 

 

 

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Forbes Africa Names Prez. Akufo-Addo African Of The Year

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Forbes Africa Names Prez. Akufo-Addo African Of The Year

Forbes Africa magazine has named President Akufo-Addo as its African of the Year.

The magazine, in a statement, said “Ghana’s President, has repositioned the country in the global marketplace as one reliant on its own resources and strengths.”

Responding to the win, President Akufo-Addo told Forbes Africa that he was overwhelmed and thanked Forbes Magazine for “recognising the work that we are doing here in Ghana”.

Past winners of this award have been President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; Akin Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank Group, and the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

At a State Dinner held in honour of the visiting South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President was full of praise for his Ghanaian counterpart for being adjudged the African of the Year.

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President Ramaphosa extolled the virtues of President Akufo-Addo which led to Forbes awarding him the prestigious African of the Year crown. 

“We are proud of this recognition, Your Excellency, because it speaks of your commitment, it speaks of your creativity, your innovation, and your clear strategic vision of what should happen in your own country, as well as on our beloved African continent,” he said. 

This honour for President Akufo-Addo follows the National Black Caucus of State Legislators of the United States Congress presenting him with the first-ever International Nation Builders Award of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. 

 

 

 

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Commercial Drivers Begin Indefinite Strike Today

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The Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners has announced its intention to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike beginning Monday, December 6, as part of measures to compel the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to enable reduction at the pumps.

According to the Coalition, the government for the past two weeks has failed to heed their calls for some taxes to be scrapped off hence the decision to embark on the sit-down strike.

The group has asked its members to put on red armbands to register their displeasure with the government.

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The coalition of private transport operators consists of Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Association of Tipper Truck Drivers, Harbor Transport Owners, Ghana National Cargo Transport Association, Ghana Committed Drivers Association, Concerned Drivers Association, Digital Drivers, Commercial motorbike riders, popularly referred to as Okada, the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers among others.

 

 

 

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