Labour unions demo peaks, after initial low turnout in parts of Ghana

After recording a low turnout in parts of the country early Wednesday morning, the nationwide demonstration by Organised Labour has peaked, as hundreds of Ghanaian workers hit the street to demand a drastic cut in utility tariffs.

The workers are also pressuring government to withdraw the Energy Sector Levy Act 2015 [ACT 899] which has caused products of petroleum to go up notwithstanding the significant drop in crude oil prices on the world market. It currently stands at 28 dollars a barrel

The demonstration, which was scheduled to start as early as 7:30AM, was delayed due to the late arrival of workers from the various workers unions in the various regions across the country. It was until after 9:00AM that the float took place in most part of the country, TV3 correspondents report.

Earlier, leadership of Organised Labour has attributed the situation to some challenges with employers regarding the release of their staff to join the demonstration.

“As at yesterday [Tuesday], we had some few difficulties and challenges with employers releasing the workers to turn up but as we stand here now, you could see we are gathering momentum and the crowd is increasing by the moment, General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Union (ICU), Solomon Kotei, told TV3’s Komla Klutse.

“This is a demonstration, this is not a strike so obviously letters we sent to employers will imply. There should be a backup plan, work must go on and some must also be released”, he added

As at 10:30AM large crowd of workers had taken to the streets of Accra and other parts of the country, wearing red and black attire to signify the seriousness of the issue.

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Below are pictures from the float

D3 By Stephen Kwabena Effah