The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has described the ongoing strike by mortuary workers in the country as illegal
The Chief Executive Officer of the Commission,
Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG) declared an indefinite strike for its members on Tuesday, March 4, 2019, over their low salaries and poor working conditions.
The association said the Ministry of Health‘s failure to provide its members with
Several bereaved families have been left stranded at public mortuaries across the country, as they can’t retrieve the bodies of their loved ones for burial or deposit new bodies due to the action.
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“The procedure has not been followed because if it is a matter of negotiation, then they should have come to us to negotiate and if there will be a disagreement we will refer the matter to the National Labour Commission who will escalate it to the ministerial level. If you don’t follow the procedure and your strike is illegal, you will not be paid for the period of the strike action.”
But the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana insists that it observed the right procedure before embarking on the strike.
The General Secretary of the group, Richard Jordan, in a Citi News interview said the strike action will continue unabated as they informed their employers and the National Labour Commission as prescribed by the labour law.
Fair Wages and Salaries Commission don’t have the right to describe the strike as illegal. We have a labour law and it says that for us to embark on strike, we should inform the