The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) and the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) have both issued press statements concerning the current economic hardship nurses and midwives are experiencing.
According to GRNMA, the plight of the Ghanaian nurse and midwife is worsening every day in the face of increasing prices of goods and services, with insufficient salaries not affording its members the opportunity to have any decent living. The Association has called on the government as a matter of urgency initiate measures to implement the twenty percent (20%) Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) that the GRNMA and other Organised Labour groups have called for within the past few months. They also stated that the Base Pay negotiations for 2023 which should have been completed as of April 2022, are still pending.
GRNMA has therefore urged members to remain calm and continue to have trust in leadership to always have their best interest at heart as they engage with stakeholders.
Similarly, the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) also noted with concern how the welfare of Nurses and Midwives has been managed in these hard economic times. The union has called on the government to as a matter of urgency to introduce at least 20% of our basic salaries as Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The leadership of the union has therefore called on the employer as a matter of urgency to pay all Public Sector Workers the COLA to avert further industrial actions.