Wednesday’s protest by Organised Labour was hugely successful as attendance across the country was mammoth.
In Accra the police estimated that about 5000 people were present. In the Western region, Tarkoardi specifically the demo ended peaceful an attendance was equally good. The Volta region was not left out of this event.
Addressing the gathering at the Independence Square were the protest ended in Accra, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Kofi Asamoah expressed gratitude to labour for turning up in their numbers.
A petition was submitted to the Labour and Employment Minister, Haruna Iddrisu.
Mr. Asamoah also noted that the protest was to bring home to government difficulties workers are facing due to the utility tariff increment.
He described the current increases in utility tariffs and fuel as "Socially undemocratic and unacceptable".
On his part the minister said “whiles your concerns are legitimate, the actions of government are compelling”.
Haruna further added that “we know our decisions hurt; but we do so to protect jobs".
He assured labour that government will continue to negotiate with labour at the Flagstaff House tomorrow.
Labour Demonstrate Over Increased Tariffs
Ghana’s labour unions Wednesday morning hit the streets of Accra to protest the increase in utility tariffs and fuel prices by government.
Baring any last minute hitch the demonstration is expected to see members of orgainsed labour hit the streets to protest what they call the unbearable hardship by the current government.
The Trades Union Congress has announced series of industrial action, including demonstration and strike effective January 20 to 22.
This morning's protest will also have the University Students Association of Ghana join. According to the students “once there are massive increments, it is likely to affect the cost of living on campuses”.
The protesters will gather at he Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and proceed through Accra Centra, Tema Station, Art Center and finally converge on the Independence Square where leaders of the protest will deliver a speech before they disperse.
Meanwhile, the Accra Regional Police Command of the Ghana Police Service say they are ready to ensure law and order during the demo.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, COP Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has cautioned police officers assigned to the protest to desist from any acts that may mar the exercise. He charged his men to be professional and also warned the organisers to stick to the agreed routes of the march.
“…We should use this demonstration also as a dress rehearsal for all the operations that we are going to conduct during this particular election year and as we have done in the past, let’s go out there to be professional, learn from our mistakes and keep improving.”