THE newly amended Health Public Act by the government now criminalizes individuals who are members of any trade unions in health services body to organize a job action contrary to the newly gazetted law.
The new amendment also criminalizes health workers to go on a job action for more than 72 hours in any given 14 days period. This attracts a penalty.
“Any individual who is a member of governing body of any trade union or representative body of members of the health service which incites or organizes any job collective action contrary to subsection 2(b) 25 or (c) shall be guilty of any offense and liable to a fine not exceeding level 10 or to imprisonment for a period no exceeding three years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.”
The health services workers have been deemed as essential workers therefore they are not allowed to leave their patients and participate in a job action whether it is lawful or unlawful.