The leadership of the Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union has directed its members to ignore notice of strike action reportedly declared for all Laboratory Professionals.
According to the Union, they have no intentions of declaring any industrial action against their employer and neither are they going on strike.
The statement signed by the General Secretary of the Union, Mr. Cephas K. Akortor said, members of the Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union (MELPWU) are advised not to wear danger signs or red bands to work unless in isolated cases of bereavement. All Medical Laboratory Professionals are further advised to continue with their normal duties to their cherished clients and the general public until further notice.
“We also wish to put on record that the job description of a Medical Laboratory Professional is unique and totally different from that of any other health professions in Ghana. Thus, our condition of service must be different and cannot be likened to that of any analogous grade. Therefore, a proper condition of service must be developed specifically for the medical laboratory workforce taking into consideration all the daily chemical, biological, ergonomic and mechanical risks we are exposed to as well as the inputs we make in the healthcare industry.” The Union explained.
Explaining further, Mr. Akortor said, “Our members have sacrificed for long and as a union that stands for justice and fairness, we also take to heart the welfare of our members and we shall not remain unconcerned should the sacrifices of our members be taken for granted.”
“We wish to state emphatically that no other Union, including the Health Services Workers Union (HSWU), has taken inputs from MELPWU or consulted with its leadership over any industrial action in connection to any condition of service submitted to the employer for negotiation. Members of MELPWU are hereby advised to distance themselves from any industrial action and be on standby for further directives from the leadership of MELPWU.”
“We however wish the HSWU well in solidarity towards their struggle as we prepare to engage the employer over our unique condition of service and other issues affecting the medical laboratory workforce.”
For further information, kindly contact the General Secretary of the Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union via 0243881488