Organised Labour Mass Protest: ‘Wake Up Mahama’

This was when irate members of organized labour in the region were not given access to the RCC to meet with the Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo.

Thousands of members of organized labour gathered at the Takoradi Jubilee Park as early as 7:00 am to take part in the demonstration which was simultaneously organized nationwide.

Workers were demonstrating against the economic challenges facing Ghanaians.

They held placards with inscriptions, ‘Wake up Mahama’, ‘John Mahama No Dey Bi Koraa’, ‘Some Dey Chop Some Dey Suffer’, ‘Corruption must be stopped’, ‘Big taxes, small salaries’ and ‘Health Insurance Is Dying,’ among others.

They later converged at the entrance of the RCC to present a petition to the Regional Minister after they had embarked on the about three- hour demonstration.

The visibly angry workers, upon reaching the entrance of the RCC, insisted that they wanted to see the Regional Minister himself, but they were prevented from entering by the police.

Instead, the police allowed only the leadership of the workers to enter to present their petition to President John Mahama through the Regional Minister.

Osei Assibey, Regional Chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), explained that organized labour’s protest was against the difficulties the economy is facing and not politically motivated as had been perceived by some people.

‘The demonstration is against the high electricity tariffs, water bills and the mismanagement of the economy and the free fall of the cedi against the major foreign currencies’, he added.

He pointed out that the workers were demanding immediate action from government to address the challenges.

Ellis Ankomah, Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) who presented the workers’ petition, appealed to the President to put measures in place to ameliorate the hardships and sufferings of Ghanaians.

Paul Evans Aidoo received the petition and promised to relay the workers’ grievances to the President by the close of yesterday.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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