Trade Associations cancels intended strike

Accra, March 3, GNA – Members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) on Tuesday called off their intended nationwide strike which was to take effect on March 4, 2015.

Mr George Kweku Ofori, President of GUTA, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Accra that, the strike was called-off because the Ministry of Trade and Industry had agreed to address their concerns.

Members of GUTA threatened to embark on a strike over issues relating to high cost of doing business, the energy crisis, the proposed Ghana Conformity Assessment Programmed (G-CAP) and the Advance Shipment Information System (ASHI).

Mr Ofori said, the decision by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to suspend the G-CAP and the Ministry of Transport suspending ASHI, made them to rescind their decisions.

‘Both G-CAP and ASHI are major concerns raised and their suspension means that we have to call-off our strike to continue to have further discussion with the government on the way forward,’ he said.

He said even though both ASHI and G-CAP had been suspended, GUTA would continue to negotiate with government for the total cancellation of both.

Mr Ofori has therefore urged all members to go by the directives and accordingly call off the strike.

Mr Nasir Ahmad Yartey, Deputy Communication Manager at the Ministry of Trade and Industry commended GUTA for calling off its intended strike.

He told the GNA in an interview that, the Ministry was very committed to promoting programmes and policies that would help expand the growth of the private sector.

He said the Ministry is planning to hold a donor’s conference in Ghana to solicit for funds to enable it to implement policies such as the Industrial Sector Support Programme and the Private Sector Development Strategy II, all geared towards creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Mr Yartey said the Ministry would continue to dialogue with members of the business associations to address all their concerns and help create the right atmosphere for business to grow.


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