The Ministry of Health (MOH) has inaugurated a 12-member team to negotiate the conditions of service for health sector employees.
The team, which is under the chairmanship of Dr Yaw Antwi-Boasiako, the Director of Human Resource of the MOH, is expected to develop a base document for the conditions of service and collective bargaining agreement (CBA) certificate for service delivery and negotiate on behalf of the service delivery agencies.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Office of the MOH said the team was also expected to keep up-to-date information on the conditions, CBA certificates, monitor the implementation of the decisions taken and the provisions of the CBA, as well as interpret the CBAs.
It said the team was also expected to promote the education of the service delivery agencies on the conditions of service and CBAs, develop strategies for ensuring industrial peace and harmony, develop and implement strategies for conflict management and dispute resolution.
It said the team was also tasked to liaise with external related bodies, such as the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the National Labour Commission, the Trades Union Congress and the Ghana Employers Association, with respect to the conditions of service and CBAs and report back to the management of the various service agencies and constituents.
The statement said the Chief Director of the MOH, Lepowura M. N. D. Jawula, who inaugurated the team, asked the members to work towards a unitary system in the health sector so that all health workers would see themselves as a team having the same status, irrespective of one's level of education.
It said he urged the members to work with due diligence and to let their deliberations centre on issues which would bring about industrial peace and harmony in the health sector.
It said Lepowura Jawula entreated the team to help erase the erroneous impression on the minds of health workers that the ministry was not doing anything to rectify the distortions associated with the new salary structure.
The statement said Dr Antwi-Boasiako, on behalf of the members of the team, thanked the ministry for the confidence reposed in them.
It said he promised to work with his colleagues according to the terms of reference and appealed to the members to be committed and endeavour to attend all meetings.
It mentioned the other members of the team as Madam Salimata Abdul-Salam, the Director of Administration of the ministry, Dr Ken Sagoe, the Director of Human Resource Development of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Mr Alex Nartey, the Director of Finance of the GHS, Mr Joseph Barnabas Miam of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Mrs Georgina Yeboah, the Human Resource Manager of KATH, and Mr Anthony Apedzi, the Human Resource Manager of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
The statement mentioned the rest as Mr Fred Peterson, the Deputy Director of Finance of KBTH, Mr John Mawah, the Executive Secretary, Sekondi-Takoradi Diocesan Health Service, Mr Herman Dusu, the Financial Controller of the ministry, Mr Kwakye Kontoh of the ministry, and Mr Yaw Yeboah of the Christian Health Association of Ghana.