Waves of Taxes: Organised Labour on Warpath

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Members of Organised Labour have given government a one-week ultimatum to withdraw recent levies on petroleum products or face their wrath.

“Organised Labour gives government up to the close of day (18hrs GMT) on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 to meet these demands. If these demands are not met by the said, Organised Labour would unleash series of nationwide actions,” said a release Thursday.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) members are also demanding a reduction in utility tariffs that came into force in December last year.

The release was issued after a meeting by the labour unions Thursday to deliberate on the recent increases in utility tariffs, taxes and levies on incomes and petroleum products.

“The meeting decried the lazy recourse to taxation and its attendant economic and social hardships on the already overburdened Ghanaian by government,” said the release signed by nine labour organizations and the TUC General Secretary, Kofi Asamoah.

Nationwide action Organised Labour intends to take to drive home their demands include demonstrations and picketing at the national capital as well as all regional capitals.

The labour unions say they would embark on a two-day nationwide strike from January 21, 2016 if government fails to meet their demands by that time.

Organised Labour says its position is that the recent utility tariff and petroleum price increases “are reckless and a display of the insensitivity on the part of managers of the economy to the plight of the ordinary Ghana.”

 

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