Nurses and midwives plan to take to the streets on Tuesday, November 25, to demonstrate over the non-payment of salaries and arrears for up to 19 months.
The Coalition of Unpaid Nurses and Midwives which comprises Registered General Nurses (RGN), Registered Midwives (RM), Registered Mental Nurses(RMN), Registered Community Nurses (RCN), Enrolled nurses (EN) and Certified Community Nurses(CCN) says nurses have been working for up to 19 months without payment of salaries and arrears due them.
In a media post, the Coalition’s National Co-ordinator Asare Danquah Jefferson, stated: “I write to inform you all of our intended regional-based planned demonstrations scheduled to start from Ashanti Region on Tuesday, 25th November, 2014, and may continue in the other nine regions if (a) favourable response is not given by the government.
“We have duly notif(ied) the police service and will be submitting our petition to the Regional Minister.
He stated that the reasons for demonstration are:
- Non-payment of salaries and arrears for a period of six to nineteen months now
- Payment of only three months salary irrespective of the number of months of work
- Non-payment of SSNIT contributions in all the number of years of work by government
- Devaluing of the money (salary) at the time of payment
- Number of nurses working for two to six months without appointment letters.
Demonstrators are expected to convene at the Kumasi Cultural Center from 8:00am.
The statement included the names of the Coalition’s regional representatives for Adu, Greater Accra, Ashanti Region, Northern Region, Volta Region, Brong Ahafo Region, Upper East Region, Eastern Region, Central Region and Western Region.