Mortuary workers suspend today's planned strike

Members of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG) have suspended their indefinite nationwide strike scheduled to commence today, Thursday, 2 May 2019...


Members of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG) have suspended their indefinite nationwide strike scheduled to commence today, Thursday, 2 May 2019.

This followed a successful preliminary meeting with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) at which they agreed on a roadmap to address their demand for better working conditions among others.

Last month, the workers embarked on a partial withdrawal of service to back their demands and promised to escalate the action starting today.

Speaking to Class News, the Head of Public Affairs at FWSC, Mr Earl Ankrah said the commission will bring a resolution to the concerns of MOWAG members.

He said: “The fair wages is really concerned about their situation and we are committed to following the road map as we are planning it. The negotiation itself has not started. Fair Wages will be handling the part that has to do with salaries and we are going to give a road map on all the concerns that they have raised.

“Every staff of FWSC will put their hands on deck to ensure that we resolve this issue successfully. Our party alone cannot sit down to do it, we will have to sit down with other parties and together we agree on a road map and stick to it, otherwise it will be like an imposition which is not right and not good for the spirit of negotiations. So, by all means we will bring a resolution to the issue.”

For his part, MOWAG Secretary Richard Kofi Jordan said the suspension of the strike was for the interest of the larger population.

He said: “They [FWSC] communicated to us that next week Wednesday, they want to start the first negotiation meeting. What we expect is a good fate. The idea is not to strike for the Ghanaian people to suffer but for us to get solutions. So, if they have said it again, we expect that by today, we should have official communication from them to look at the road map officially in terms of documentation.

“The people of Ghana know that mortuary workers have been undermined for a long time as if they are not workers. If you look at the letter we wrote, we expected them [FWSC] to respond, they have responded and we think that it is fair that the Ghanaian people bury their loved ones. It is good we want to strike because we need something but we should look at the larger population.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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