WorldMali: three health unions announce 72-hour strike

Mali: three health unions announce 72-hour strike


AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga

The National Union of Health, Social Action and Family Promotion (SNS-AS-PF), the Autonomous Union of Medical Executives (SYNACAM) and the National Union of Workers of Hospitals and Health Structures (SYNATRASS) at the Point G University Hospital announced to the press on Saturday their decision to start a 72-hour strike from Monday, renewable from September 13 to 16 to demand the repeal of the transfer decree of Fousseyni Coulibaly secretary general of union of the Point G.

Fousseyni Coulibaly was affected last April, said Drissa Traoré, member of the Bureau of the Union Committee of the Point G University Hospital. The unions qualify this decision by the director of the hospital as “a violation of freedom of association”.

“The various signatories of this strike notice met with the Minister of Health and Social Development three weeks after his appointment to discuss with him the return of our comrade. During discussions the minister affirmed to have recognized the fault of the government and promised that the decision will be made. Since then we have not had any follow-up, “regrets Drissa Traoré, member of the Hospital Syndicate Committee.

“The other unions have decided to support the Point G hospital to defend freedom of association through the union mandate”, explained for his part, Doctor Amadou Maiga, secretary of the demands of the National Union Committee of the CHU Gabriel Touré.

“However, some of the workers at the Gabriel Touré hospital dissociated themselves from this work stoppage following the creation of a collective of workers from the said structure,” Siriba told Anadolu Agency (AA). Diawara, spokesperson for the Collective of Workers of Gabriel Touré.

“When a hospital is idling with several unsuccessful strike attempts, ultimately it leads to clashes within the hospital. This is why there is a collective consciousness that has guided us to unite and make an assembly to take destiny in hand, ”added Siriba Diawara.

“Fousseyni Coubaly, for whom the various unions want to go on strike, has been suspended from the Point G office for a period of 5 years since December 2018,” said the spokesperson for the Collective of workers at the Gabriel Touré hospital. questioning the duty of Gabriel Touré’s staff towards patients.

The Collective reassures the populations of the functioning of all the structures of the Gabriel Touré hospital, Monday.

For his part, Losseny Bengaly secretary general of the Trade Union Committee of the CHU Gabriel Touré affirms that all department heads will go on strike, specifying that from Monday to Wednesday, there will be no consultation, let alone the operating room.

“What will be functional at Gabriel Touré is the on-call services, the hospitalized patients, the minimum service”, insisted Losseny Bengaly, secretary general of the CHU.

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