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Liberian Health Workers Leadership to call off go-slow

By Richard Manuba

( leadership of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia is calling on striking health workers to call off a three week go-slow protest and return to work.

The Secretary General of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Poe-Williams, said: “We have reached some agreement with government to address health workers’ demands for better salaries and other benefits.”

Mr. Williams made the appeal Monday, July 29, 2013 at a news conference in Monrovia.

He said: “A special committee, headed by Gbarpolu County Senator, Armah Jallah, comprises all national health stakeholders, has been set up by government to handle the health workers’ demands.”

He also clarified that the National Health Workers Association of Liberia was not coerced to call off their strike action.

Mr. Williams emphasized: “We hold all the signatories of the agreement in high esteem and members of the special committee to look into the health workers’ concerns.”

“I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to families who have reportedly lost their relatives during the strike action and pray that the country will never again experience such ugly situation,” Secretary General Williams said on behalf of the Association .'

Liberian health workers in recent weeks began their strike action in demand of better salaries and other benefits to commensurate with their qualifications and experiences on the job.

The aggrieved health workers, according to the Association’s National Secretariat, are to resume normal work Tuesday, July 30, 2013 across the country.


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