Thousands of workers in the Cape Coast metropolis on Wednesday joined the nationwide demonstration against increases in electricity and water tariffs as well as the petroleum levy introduced by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
The demonstration, which started around 9am at the Mfantsipim School junction, ended at the Jubilee Park around 12pm.
The angry workers, who were singing and chanting war songs, were wearing red T-shirts and clad with red bands to express their unhappiness about the posture of government in handling issues which had brought hardship on citizens in the country.
Some of the demonstrators
The irate workers carried placards with inscriptions: “President Mahama show compassion to workers too,” “Mahama retrieve our stolen money and stop imposing more taxes on workers,” “Ghanaian workers are suffering under Mahama,” “Mahama, you have to respect the rights of workers,” “Mahama, why?” “What crime have we committed to be treated so badly like this?”
Hundreds of police personnel were deployed by the Central Regional Command to ensure peace and order during the protest march.
Addressing the workers, the Central Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Samuel Doughan, stated that the next line of action would be taken after a meeting between organised labour and government, and promised TUC’s readiness in pushing for a reduction in water and electricity tariffs as well as the new petroleum levy.
From Sarah Afful, Cape Coast