Ghana pharmacists lose case against commission
An Accra High Court, presided over by Justice AjetNassam, has dismissed the National Labour Commission’s suit against Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to enforce its directive against the Commission for the payment of conversion difference to the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ghana (GHOSPA).
In his ruling, Justice AjetNassam stated that the FWSC had shown, by the pay slips of pharmacists exhibited in court, that it had complied with the directive to pay pharmacists who were duly entitled to the conversion difference and that the evidence was neither rebutted by the National Labour Commission or GHOSPA.
He chided the pharmacists for not fulfilling their promise at the last sitting of the court, which was to bring a letter indicating that they had called off their strike action.
He, therefore, ordered the pharmacists to resume work forthwith. He stated that strike actions by essential services were improper and in breach of the Labour Act.
It will be recalled that the NLC dragged the FWSC to court, to enforce their directive to compel FWSC to pay conversion difference to all pharmacists.
The ruling effectively established the fact that not all pharmacists are entitled to the payment of conversion difference under the Single Spine Salary Structure.