Organised Labour has hinted it will embark on a two-day nationwide demonstration next week to express their displeasure about the increases in petroleum and utility tariffs as well as the newly introduced taxes.“The demonstrations will take place on 19th and 20th January 2016 in all regional capitals. Red bands to be worn and displayed at workplaces from Thursday, 14th January, 2016,” a statement from the group said.
The group’s meeting with government and other stakeholders hit a deadlock after government refused to heed to their demands.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) announced new tariffs late last year: 59.2 per cent and 67.2 per cent for electricity and water, respectively.
A fuel price increase of 27 per cent also came into effect on Monday, January 4, 2016 after the passage of an Energy Sector Levy bill by Parliament in December, 2015.
There have been public outcry over the increases in tariffs and prices of petroleum products. A meeting held Tuesday by Organised labour, the Ghana Employers Association (GEA,) and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), on one hand, and government, on the other hand, ended in a deadlock.
Meanwhile, labour have also called on government to increase the salaries of workers by at least 50% to cushion them from the burden of the tariff increases and the introduction of taxes, Chairman of the Tema District Council of Labour, Wilson Agana, has suggested.
“We have to go back to the table and force for a salary increase for all workers; At least we have to go and fight for a salary increase of at least 50% else we cannot survive,” he said.