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26.04.2007 General News

Strike and lose your job – Gov’t tells health workers

By myjoyonline

The Government has warned that it would not compromise to sack health workers who are threatening to go on strike from Monday.

Speaking to Joy News, the Government Spokesperson on Social Services, Mr Kofi Amponsah-Bediako said withholding their salaries is another option available to the government.

“If they want to go on strike not in accordance with the law they are free to do so but those who do it will also have to face the full rigours of the law. And government is not going to compromise on that issue at all,” he warned.

Mr Amponsah-Bediako said the government has information that only a few disgruntled members of the health workers group are intent going on strike. According to him, the majority of the workers are not in support because there is no basis for it.

“We are very much aware that majority of the health workers group are not in favour of going on strike. It is just a few of them who are instigating the rest of them,” he alleged.

Mr Amponsah-Bediako told Joy News Cabinet is fine tuning the recommendations of the Appellate Body and will in a matter of days come out with the report which he is confident will address all the concerns of the workers.

“The report has actually addressed all their problems and if they would be a little more patient they will smile very soon,” he assured.

Mr Amponsah-Bediako said the committee has made some recommendations and government is even going beyond to enhance it and that “the workers are very much aware of this because it has been communicated to them, except that the actual report has not been given them.”

He said the government is not ready to release the report to the workers because it is still being studied and also in their interest.

“In the interest of the health workers themselves you can not leak it out to people knowing that it would create problems among themselves,” he noted.