In court today, Thursday August 13, the GMA Lawyers also questioned the right of the General Secretary of the United Front Party (UFP), Listowel Nana Kusi, to drag members of the association to court over their nationwide strike.
“When we come back the next time, we will put down all the reasons [why the complainant has no locus] …we can’t disclose that here”, said Dr Justice Yankson Deputy General Secretary of the GMA, who was also one of the counsel for the association.
Meanwhile, Lawyer for Mr Kusi, Oliva Atsu Abada, is hopeful the court will grant his client’s request.
According to him, the point raised by the GMA that his client has no locus to file the writ is unfounded.
"There are people in this country who do not have any engagement or employment with certain individuals have proceeded to court and the courts have given them a hearing. I believe my client finds himself in a similar situation", said Mr. Abada.
Apart from a request to declare the strike by the GMA as illegal, Mr Kusi-Poku is also seeking an order compelling the GMA to return to work and to stay at work until the conclusion of service conditions negotiations with government.
The writ, dated August 6, and filed at the Labour and industrial division of the Accra High Court notes that the strike by the GMA is “quite disturbing in view of the crucial role medical doctors play in any nation’s life and wondered if a strike action should not be the last resort especially since it had not heard of any negotiations between the Government or its representatives which had broken down preceding the announcement that the defendant was embarking on a strike action.”
The GMA started a nationwide strike on July 30 which they threaten could lead to mass resignation if their demands for improved conditions of service are not met.
Although there have been negotiations with government to get them to go back to public hospitals across the country, progress has eluded both parties.
A General Assembly meeting on August 14 by the GMA would determine whether the public sector doctors would resign or not.