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W/R: GPRTU EMBARKS ON SIT DOWN STRIKE OVER UNFAIR TRANSPORT FARE AMID COVID-19; PETITIONS GOVERNMENT

The sekondi Takoradi Branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union resorted to a sit down strike on Tueday morning to register their displeasure over the increasing cost of doing business amid the maintenance of COVID-19 protocols.

According to Mr. Kwesi Ansah, following several calls on government to enact policies that could   mitigate the toll COVID-19 has had on the transport business, which has felt on deaf ears, the   members of the Union have now decided   to take their destiny into their own hands.

Speaking on Adekye Mu Nsem on Spice Fm 91.9 with Kwame Offei, on major factors that have necessitated the strike action, Mr Kwesi Ansah, a member of the interim management committee of the Sekondi Takoradi G.P.R.T.U, said that the implementation of COVID-19 Protocols has reduced the number of passenger intake resulting to reduction in revenue.

‘‘The lock down has reduced our daily sales; closure of the boarders has also increased the cost of spare parts, yet the cost of acquiring  Insurance, Road Worthy and quarter license is still the same.

Government marginally reduced price of fuel for sometime but there was also an astronomic increase again which means we didn’t gain”.

He questioned why churches and other social gatherings like funerals and more who do not contribute anything to government revenue have been given a limit to operate.

 ‘‘Why is it difficult for the government to consider the plight of the drivers?  We contribute massive revenue to the government. How much is church contributing to government’s revenue yet, they are considered over us. People are organizing funerals but not adhering to social distance protocols”.

On Monday the New Amanful branch of GPRTU increased the price of fuel on the basis that bad roads and social distancing in the transport business is negatively affecting . They increased price of transport fare from GH 2.5 to 3.50 which resulted in misunderstanding between the passengers and Transport Union. Stakeholders are yet to meet to resolve the issue.

On Tuesday the GPRTU branch of Takoradi to Tarkwa also increased transport fare from GH 12 to GH 18 even though passengers had opted to pay GH 15.

Story: Kwame Offei

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