Over 7000 nurses of the Coalition of Unpaid Nurses and Midwives have embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike in demand for unpaid salaries.
The aggrieved nurses have justified their nationwide strike stating that government had refused to honor its pledge to pay them as the national coordinator of the group, Douglas Adu-Forko have revealed that the nationwide strike is to compel government to pay all that is due them following assurances from the Health Ministry of the payment of all their salaries - a development which has only seen about 30% percent paid.
"We are embarking on this strike because the negotiations we were having with government officials and authorities involved have failed and we can’t continue. Everyday, we are given unfulfilled promises; enough of the promise. This time we want to see action. We want to see the money reflecting in our accounts before we call off the strike, if not we will still be in our homes and we won’t go to work. We the Coalition kept quiet on this issue and started a survey to collate data. Surprisingly, only 30 percent of the 7,000 were paid,"he stated.
The nationwide strike is thus expected to affect delivery of health service across the country especially when nurses form a vital part of health delivery services in the country.