Despite their fight to get better conditions of service, no one seem to be paying any attention to this group of dedicated hospital workers. An interaction with some of these workers reveals they have been in touch with various ministers of health, the minister for employment and labour relations, the Ghana Health Service among others.
No one however is interested in doing anything about their plight.
“Nothing happened. We are still been treated the same. Haruna Iddrisu told us he would solve it, the health ministry was also brought in and also said the same thing. We followed up a lot but nothing, just promises”. This was what a frustrated casual worker at one of the country’s public hospitals told rawgist.com’s Bernard Buachi in an interview.
These casual workers have remained casual workers for many years, some for as long as 20 years, earning between ₵155 and ₵180 a month as basic salary.”How are we supposed to look after our families with this kind of amount?” one worker asked.
“Conditions of Service for Health workers is underway but we are excluded”, Francis Yaw Asare Bediako, spokesman for Concerned Unmechanized Government Health Workers Ghana told rawgist.com in a really frustrated tone, adding that there is currently a silent demonstration going on because many of them are disgruntled; a situation he says can be very dangerous to the country. “No wonder Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra lost 17 valuable lifes in May, 2015. Looking at this economic situation and our working conditions, we are not motivated to put up our best.”
The unhappy workers tell rawgist.com “ever since minimum wage was increased, it never reflected on our salaries” and indicate they will put up every fight necessary to get mechanized as the law demands and have their conditions of service adjusted as appropriate.
They believe the government is breaking the labour law by not mechanizing them as the labour law states that “A temporary worker who is employed by the same employer for a continuous period of six months and more shall be treated under this Part as a permanent worker.”
Find below a copy of the pay slip of Casual Workers in the Ghana Health Service
WAGES FOR TEMPORAL/CASUAL WORKERS IN THE GHANA HEALTH SERVICE
|NO.||NAME||RANK||BASIC||5%||GROSS||13.5% SSNIT 1ST TIER||BANK||ACCOUNTS NO.|
|3||X-RAY TECH. ASSISTANT||155.00||8.525||146.48||20.925||147.00|
|4||STORES SUP. OFFICER||185.00||10.175||174.83||20.925||175.00|
|8||STORES SUPP. OFFICER||185.00||10.175||174.83||20.925||175.00|