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The public will have to properly scrutinize animal products from Monday, December 14 if members of the Veterinary Medical Technical Association of Ghana (VeMTAG) do not rescind their decision to embark on strike after Friday, December 11.

The Upper East branch of the Veterinary Medical Technical Association of Ghana, like other regional branches of the association, has indicated that it would not rescind its decision to embark on a strike action beginning Monday, December 14, 2015 if the outcome of the ongoing negotiation between the Association and Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) at the Labour Commission turns out to be unfavourable.

Members of the Association have asked FWSC to pay their Interim Market Premium, which have been outstanding since 2011.

As at the time of filling this report, the association had called off the second phase of the protest in line with labour regulations in order to negotiate.

Under the second phase of the protest, they were to stop rendering extra duty services.

Usually the extra duty services are offered to the public on weekends and holidays.

President of the Upper East branch of the Association, Robert Bayno said they have been waiting for the FWSC to pay them their arrears since 2011 and would not listen to any plea if the commission fails to soften its stance.

“We have doubt about a positive outcome of this negotiation considering the position of FWSC. We are only hoping that this time they will consider the effects of our strike on the public and soften their stance.

“If they don’t then we will also lay down our tools and stop inspecting imported animal products and also will not supervise the slaughtering of animals at the various abattoirs. The country’s safety will be at stake but we need to demand what is due us,” he said.
Source: Daily Guide

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