It has been a long red bands and polo shirts match today following the demonstrations by public sector workers to protest against recent increases in utility tariffs and the energy sector levies among other things, which has been discomforting Ghanaians for sometime now.
The protest match was meant to start today from 8:00 am from the Obra Spot in Accra. Ghanaians seem to have had enough of the gross taxation by the government. The demonstration has pulled a lot of crowd in the greater region of Accra. Most public schools are lacking teachers today because most of them have resolved to join the nationwide Organised Labour demonstration.
A letter had initially been addressed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), saying that Teachers would participate fully in the demonstration today and that of January 21-22, 2016 nationwide strike. The Judicial service is also not excluded in this protest. Members of the Judicial Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) have also put on their arm red bands and polo shirts, and join the demonstration in their respective regions.
Some people who went to the court complex including lawyers for judicial issues are said to be left stranded as there are no workers to attend to them. Ghanaians are doing all this in a bid to make government reduce utility tariffs, fuel prices and tax rates. Equally, some market women bodies have also asked their members to join in today’s nationwide demonstration.
According to a press conference statement on Friday by the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Mr Kofi Asamoah, there is a limit to what Ghanaians can bear, and that they should not be taxed to death. He equally expressed his concerns over the survival of the people amidst the sky-rocketed increase in taxes which have heightened the prices of petroleum products and the cost of utility tariffs, at the time of the year when workers and the average Ghanaian were at their most difficult moments. It is equally said that organized labour is asking for a 50% increase in salaries for public sector workers .
Ghanaians are really hoping to see positive results after this protest. Will the government pay a listening ear? We sincerely hope so.