Health Ministry Pledges Support Amid MELPWU Strike, Final Decision Rests with Fair Wages Commission

by Louisa Afful
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The Health Ministry has stated it does not have the final say on the working conditions of the Medical Laboratory Professional Workers’ Union (MELPWU), but is committed to ensuring they receive their due benefits.

Ministry spokesperson Isaac Baah Offei assured on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen program that the Chief Director has directed a meeting with the union in the coming days.

“The Health Ministry is part of the negotiations, but the final decision lies with the Fair Wages and Salary Commission, which must approve and implement the conditions of service. We urge the union to call off the strike while negotiations continue. The Minister has asked Fair Wages to expedite the process, and we are hopeful for a resolution soon,” he said.

MELPWU began a nationwide strike on June 17, citing deliberate delays by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the Ministry of Finance in the negotiations. They have stated they will not return to work until their issues are resolved.

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