The Tema District Council of Labour (TDCL) of Trades Union Congress has urged government to provide the 37.7 million dollars it promised the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to complete its rehabilitation works.
The TDCL appealed to government to expedite action for the release of the money and also ensure the continuous economic supply of crude oil to TOR to make it functional.
A statement in Accra copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Mr. Wilson Agana and Mr. Ebenezer Kodwo Taylor, Chairman and Secretary of the TDCL, also called on government to clarify its decision about the strategic investor for TOR.
The TDCL said its research had revealed that the pressure on the limited foreign currencies was a result of the importation of finished petroleum products by the Bulk Distribution Companies.
The workers said the current situation must be stemmed by making TOR, which had been inactive for several months go to work.
The pressure on foreign currencies, the statement noted, would reduce if importation was mostly on crude oil rather than finished petroleum products.
The workers mentioned the utility price hike, increase in value added tax, fuel price hikes, the drastic fall of the cedi, frozen pay increase, and the daily minimum wage as some of the government’s economic policies that had put pressure on their finances and urged government to take a critical look at them.