Members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), who recently embarked on a strike, have expressed dissatisfaction with Government’s handling of issues relating to the flushing out of foreigners in the country’s retail sector.
GUTA, in a press statement issued on Friday in Accra and signed by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Joseph Paddy, expressed solidarity with members of the Ashanti Regional Branch of GUTA, who recently locked up shops belonging to some foreigners operating in the retail sector.
It urged them to remain steadfast to ensure that all recalcitrant foreigners operating in the retail sector are completely flushed out of the various markets.
GUTA disclosed that the ‘immediate-past Minister of Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu, during GUTA’s recent protest appealed to us to re-open our shops as he assured us of immediate action to deal with our grievances, especially those of the declining cedi in relation to the payment of import duties and the issue of foreigners in retail trade which are very pressing to us.’
GUTA claimed Mr Iddrisu, now Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and the government had failed to address the issues.
The Association said it would continue to mount pressure on government to promote its cause.
It could not fathom why state institutions fail to carry out their functions.
‘GUTA, as a Civil Society Organization (CSO) and a pressure group will never succumb to any act of threat, intimidation, victimization and/or harassment in anyway from any quarter,’ it said.
‘We shall remain firm and resolute as citizens of Ghana and do everything to ensure that all foreigners operating illegally in the trading sector, especially retail trade are flushed out at all cost to save our economy so that we do not eventually become slaves to foreigners in our own country,’ said GUTA.
It therefore called on its members across the country to join in the fight against what it described as unfair trade practices.
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By Christiana Mpra Agyei
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