Lab Tech strike: Our members are being threatened – GAMLS

Striking members of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) have cautioned hospital administrators to stop issuing threats to some of their members over their industrial action.

GAMLS members withdrew all laboratory services including blood banking services from Monday, 28th May 2018.
It will be recalled that the group issued an ultimatum to government to address their plight, including disparities in placement on the single spine salary structure, as well as their demand for the establishment of a directorate to cater to the affairs of lab technicians. But the group said some of their members are being threatened over their decision.

A statement issued by the group said : “The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists is discussing with those at the helm of affairs the matters that led to the professional body declaring the ongoing nationwide strike action, the threats and intimidations particularly from hospital heads and CHAG, especially St Martins De Porres – Hospital, Eikw,e where one of our members was whisked away by the Police must stop.

“A threat to one of us is a threat to all. It might muddy the peaceful negotiations and discussions ongoing. We hope to end the discussions with positive indications to resolve the matters of concern. All should bear with us.”

Meanwhile Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has revealed that government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with striking members of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS), to resolve their concerns that have resulted in their strike.

“We had a very long meeting yesterday and in the middle of the night, we were preparing an MoU that will end the strike and that will give us a roadmap towards which we will settle some of the issues that they raised,” Mr Agyemang-Manu told journalists on Wednesday, 30th May, 2018.