Ghana’s President, John Mahama has approved a meeting with Organised Labour following hikes in utility tariffs which angered many Ghanaians.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu who disclosed this said the government would hold the meeting on 5th January, 2016.
According to him, the government team is expected to dialogue with Ghana Employment Association, Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and Trades Union Congress.
In early December, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) increased electricity and water tariffs to 59.2% and 67.2% respectively. The increment was higher than what the organised Labour was expecting.
The Organised Labour comprising Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Judicial Services Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) and the Coalition Of Concerned Teachers (CCT) said in a statement: “We also expected the implementation of any new tariffs to start next year”.
However the Executive Secretary of PURC, Samuel Sarpong, explained that the new tariffs have already been gazetted and hence cannot be changed. “When a tariff is gazetted, it becomes effective,” he stated.