From Emmanuel S. Koffa | GNN Correspondent | Grand Kru County|
Health centers in Grand Kru County were emptied yesterday, September 17, 2020 when hundreds of health workers abandoned their places of assignments at the County’s referral health center.
According to High-place sources close to healthcare workers, amongst its demands include the issuance of certificate of recognition to the union, increment of health workers’ salaries in fiscal year 2020/2021, the reclassification of health workers and payment of hazard allowance to all health workers.
Some of the high-place sources further alleged that, top officials of government have abandoned the MOU signed between government and the Union while threatening to dismissed them and replaced them with health students.
Sources close to healthcare workers further that government failure to adhere to its demands prompted their pronouncement of a strike action which has led to some hospitals and clinics being paralyzed currently while calling for religious community intervention.
Meanwhile, many citizens in Grand Kru County have called on the Healthcare workers Union for a round-table negotiation with the Liberians government and suspend its planned strike action while returning to work.
Citizens said though they understand the concern of the health care workers but said they must be willing to give the government’s time-line to addressing their issue as the government’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the country and called on the Liberians government for quick intervention.
Recently, the Union announced a strike action beginning at midnight, September 16, 2020 and will not cease until the Government address its demand.
The Union quotes an MOU as saying among other things, called for the government to grant NAHWUL a certificate of recognition, provide a clear salary that correspond to health workers’ qualifications, reclassify healthcare workers who have over the period upgraded their professional status and that the policy document for redeployment and transfer be suspended until the union have a say in the process.