The Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union (MELPWU) has warned its members across the country not to sign or complete the HSWU membership declaration form or take pictures for the HSWU membership ID cards.
This was contained in a statement signed by the General Secretary, MLS Cephas Kofi Akortor, advising members of MELPWU not to be coerced or misled into signing any document that is meant to declare membership for the HSWU or any other union. The statement said MELPWU like any of the public sector unions is a recognized trade union by law. Thus, it can sue and be sued. A member cannot belong to more than one trade union under the same law.
“The Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union is a registered Trade Union under the Companies Act, 1963 (ACT 179) with the object of promoting the socioeconomic well-being of members. Pursuant to sections 79, 83 and 84 of the Labour Act, 2003 (ACT 651) the union was issued a Trade Union Certificate with the mandate to unionize the class of Medical Laboratory Professionals within the health sector having complied with all the relevant provisions of the law.”
The statement also frowns on how the HSWU is going against its own Constitution and the Labour Act, 2003 (ACT 651) to be deducting members of MELPWU against their wish even though individual members have written officially to the HSWU about their withdrawal hence the need to stop deducting them for HSWU dues. “This is an infringement on the fundamental human rights and freedom of Association as enshrined in the law.”
The statement further said, “The interest of any labour union is making the working life of its members a worthwhile and that is what MELPWU is seeking to achieve and as a matter of fact, we are not a rival to any of the other public sector unions neither are we seeking to be in competition with any. Our focus is to strive to bring economic justice to the medical laboratory workforce and social justice to the nation.”
“Since there is power in synergy, we wish to call on the HSWU not to see MELPWU as a rival in anyway but rather join hands with us in solidarity to give our members the power to negotiate for more favorable working conditions and other benefits through collective bargaining.”
The statement ended by assuring members to be resolute. That the leadership of MELPWU is working around the clock to institutionalize the union and resolve all issues surrounding membership dues and in due time, they would be updated.