Health Workers Assoc. Calls Off ‘Go Slow Action
The National Health Workers Union Of Liberia ( NAHWUL) has officially called off the “go slow action” by some aggrieved health workers and urged its members to return to their various workplaces across the country.
Speaking in Monrovia at a joint press conference in the Dr. Joseph N. Togba memorial hall between NAHWUL and the Government through the Ministry of Health, the Secretary General of the Union, George Poe Williams, said the two parties have finally reached a conclusion to call off the go slow action by health workers in Liberia.He said that following weeks of the call for a dialogue, with the government of Liberia, which ended into a nationwide strike action, negotiations between the government and NAHWUL has finally ended.
According to Williams, the Union wishes to inform the general public that, it was never their intention to stage a go slow in such time, adding that the health workers were constrained to do otherwise due to the prolonged and overlooked position of the concerns by the past and present authorities.
At the same time, he said NAHWUL regrets the ugly situation that has affected the lives of many Liberians and prayed that “we build a good relationship in the future.”
“The National executive committee also recognizes the efforts of health workers who gave their ‘all’ for the passion of serving humanity for which they have been persecuted, and we wish to commend you all for your tireless efforts,” the NAHWUL official said.
“We are aware of how some of you crossed rivers in canoes to get to your places of work, which is highly risky, particularly, during the rainy season and yet, you are expected to work without pay,” Williams noted.
The NAHWUL Secretary General commended all health workers for their good and professional services to the health system which, he said, will benefit all sectors of the society.
Meanwhile,, NAHWUL calls upon all health workers to return to their various places, to continue their duties, and at the same time encourages its members to remain ethical in the discharge of their duties.
For her part, the Minister of Health, Dr. Willimena Jallah, commended the approach taken by NAHWUL in which they have communicated and negotiated with the Ministry.
“I will also let to thank all of the health workers in Liberia to see the need of reaching this point. The government is doing its best to make sure that their needs are addressed,” Minister Jallah said.
“We will work closely with the Union in making sure that whatever the negotiations process was, should be achieved in the interest of the Government of Liberia and the Union,” Dr. Jallah added.
She added that the Government will continue to work tirelessly with the health workers Union to ensure all of the healthcare workers and facilities in Liberia have the needed materials and supplies for the general public.
“We want to extend our apology to those who were affected by the go-slow action, and we hope that NAHWUL and the Ministry of Health will work together as a team because healthcare workers are our workers, and we have being doing our best to make sure that everything is going well,” Dr. Jallah mentioned.