The Ghana Medical Association has also made appeals for COLA – Dr Titus Beyuo

The Ghana Medical Association also applies for Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

According to the general secretary of the Association, Titus Beyuo, the doctors, like other members of the trade union movement, have also been affected by the current economic difficulties, hence the demand.

Speaking on The Probe on the JoyNews channel, he said the GMA “is part of a larger group called the FORUM that also demanded the COLA. We sing the same song and we wish the government had started with us much earlier to negotiate and discuss this.

“Doctors are struggling. We buy in the same market, we buy the same fuel, we don’t get fuel coupons, and the doctors have parked their cars and are now getting in “trotro” because they can’t afford to buy fuel,” he said.

Contributing to the discussion centered on “The Cost of Living: Weighing Workers’ Demands,” he said that although the 20% demand made by organized unions, “is not meaningful. at least it can do something.

He argued that given the state of the economy, the government is long overdue in negotiating the cost of living allowance with the unions.

“The COLA is not a normal salary. It is a temporary allowance granted to a worker due to a particular situation.

“Successive governments have given COLA to the unions to protect us for a time period and the government should have met with us much earlier and negotiated a time allowance for a particular period that they think the economy will return to normal and that’s is all we ask for,” he said.

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