The Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) has appealed to the Senate not to confirm Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn as minister proper.
In a statement approved by its president, Henry Woyea, and read at a press conference yesterday at its headquarters in Monrovia, secretary general Varmah Gray said, “We are in full support of the cries of the National Health Workers Association . . . and call on the Liberia Senate not to confirm Health Minister-designate Madam Dahn.”
Gray said MCSSTA’s Representative Council has mandated its Executive Committee (EC) to announce that a diplomatic dialogue has begun with the National Association of Nurses of Liberia to plan a non-stop nation-wide strike action. Their pending strike action is aimed at expressing their solidarity with the health workers plea to the Senate not to confirm Dr. Dahn.
The MCSSTA expressed regrets that they seem to have left out of the 2015/2016 budget, because there were no increments in their salaries.
The absence of salary increments for teachers was the same plight affecting health workers. He described this as an attempt to undermine the government’s agenda in its post Ebola reconstruction.
Gray further noted that a resolution reached yesterday had requested the Liberian government to respond positively to three counts.
“The government must increase the salaries of teachers and nurses and other civil-servants that are left out in the fiscal budget of 2015/16.
“The government must use rate of exchange from US$1 to LD$72 to LD$82. The third count is that the government must institute a policy for the advancement of teachers’ education through local and international scholarship programs,” Gray said.
The government should not take “this early warning for granted as it could negatively affect the post-Ebola reconstruction of our educational and health sectors.”
Dr. Dahn reportedly said during a crisis with health workers that she would bring workers from neighboring countries to replace Liberian health workers.
“That was not a statement for an official to make,” a health worker told the Daily Observer late yesterday via mobile phone.