Drivers set to go on sit down strike

Drivers set to go on sit down strike

The coalition of drivers’ union has agreed to embark on a national sit-down strike today Monday, November 29 if government fails to heed their petition after a week. The coalition said the decision to embark on a strike was taken due to the refusal of government to grant their petition for removal of some taxes imposed on fuel which have led to an increment in fuel price.

Samuel Amoah, communication person at the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), speaking with the B&FT said the drivers’ union has already sent a petition to the Minister of Transport about the removal of some tax on fuel in order to reduce the increment in fuel price for drivers in the country.

“We were expecting government to reduce the price of petroleum products, and it is one of the things that we have pointed out to them. We spoke about some taxes we think are nuisances, and that they have to scrap them,” he said

Expecting the budget to provide them with some plan for removal of the taxes, Mr. Amoah expressed the coalition’s disappointment which has led to a sit-down strike today.

“If government fails to respond to us, all drivers – including the commercial, public and private transport sectors – will embark on the strike. Every commercial driver nationwide is going to park their vehicle. Not just those that transport passengers alone, the tipper-truck and cargo drivers are among.”

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