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Kadie Buya Appeals for Medical Workers To Call Off Strike Action

Kadie Buya Appeals for Medical Workers To Call Off Strike Action

The Women’s Leader of the All People’s Congress (APC) United Kingdom/Northern Ireland Branch Kadie Buya Kamara (photo) has called on striking workers in Sierra Leone to call off their action and go back to work.

Kadie made this call yesterday on her official webpage of Facebook shortly after the President’s ultimatum for striking workers to go back to work or face the consequences.

“I am appealing to you all reading my message to talk to your friends, relatives and colleagues to give up the strike,” Buya said.

Kadie Buya, herself a practicing nurse based in London, acknowledged the important sacrifices made by nurses and doctors in Sierra Leone and the fact that they are not well paid like their counterparts overseas, but believes the innocent suffering sick people should not be the ones bearing the brunt.

The APC Women’s Leader said that the fact that the President himself had intervened in the matter is an assurance that their problems will be looked into and well addressed.

“The message has reached His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and I believe he will surely take care of that,” she said.

“Please don’t let the sick die, don’t live your lives with regret and don’t blame yourselves for the thing that you cannot change but admire your courage for the hard work that you have always been doing for the love of your people and for the love of Sierra Leone,” the Facebook message read.

Workers in Sierra Leone have down tools over better working conditions and attempts by the government to negotiate and persuade them into changing their ground have so far proved futile.

In fact, the President himself met with leaders of the striking workers in a bid to calm them down and have them returned to work – which yielded no dividend – forcing the President to announce an ultimatum that striking workers who fail to report for work on Monday will face the consequences, while contingency plans have been put in place in case the workers continue maintain their ground.

Sorie Sudan Sesay, Information Attache, Sierra Leone High Commission, UK/NI

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