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Ongoing negotiations will avert GMA's intended strike - FWSC

By Wendy Amarteifio
CEO of the Commission, Dr Edward Kwapong
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The Fair Wages and Salary Commission, FWSC says they believe ongoing negotiations will avert the intended strike of the Ghana Medical Association.

According to the commission, negotiations began four weeks ago and they are working to settle the medical officers.

Medicals doctors have threatened to embark on strike next week over the failure of the government to address their concerns for new service conditions.

The Ghana Medical Association is unhappy with the Ministry of Finance and the Fair Wages and Salary Commission for failing to negotiate with the leadership over the matter.

The Fair Wages and Salary Commission says there will be no need for their intended strike since negotiations have begun.

Speaking to Starr FM, the CEO of the Commission, Dr Edward Kwapong said negotiations began four months ago and that they are working to settle the medical officers 

''Negotiations started about four months ago and not a year ago like they are claiming. Their conditions expired at the end of 2018 and we agreed that the one that we are negotiating now will take effect from January 2020 and that was the mutual agreement between the parties and that was about four months ago. Gone through several rounds of negotiations at the last meeting we were left with two outstanding issues. One they met their demands except that the mode of payment they did not agree with that. So we are very hopeful that at the end of the next meeting, we will conclude and find the document''.

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However, the President of the Ghana Medical Association Frank Ankobea said if the documents are signed there will be no strike by the GMA

''If the Fair Wages and Salary Commission decides to meet us, we sign the documents tomorrow it changes our decision because our roadmap is premised on the fact that if the documents are not signed , these are the things that we are going to do''.

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