Commercial drivers call off strike

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The Coalition of Commercial Transport Operators in Ghana has called off its nationwide sit down strike.

The over three-hour industrial action which was embarked upon on the morning of Monday December 6, 2021 was suspended following a call by PresidentNana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on the leadership of the coalition to engage them on their plight.

This is according to a statement signed by Ghana Private Road and Transport Union’s General Secretary Godfred Abulbire.

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The strike saw many across the country especially in the Greater Accra region stranded with heavy vehicular traffic.

Cars particularly passenger vehicles from various places were not allowed to carry out their usual businesses on major routes in the region.

In communities like Ablekuma and Anyaa on the Awoshie-Pokuase road, passengers were forced to disembark upon reaching the intersection called “Curve”.

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Private cars which were not among demonstrating groups were also negatively impacted, forcing drivers to take detours which they would on a normal day not do.

The situation was reported to have been experienced in other places including Lapaz, Odorkor among others.

Drivers who defied the orders to meet the demands of their customers were not spared; Some of these drivers got their cars vandalized as punishment for their failure to adhere to the commercial road users’ demands.

The Coalition, however upon receiving the call from the Office of the President, directed that all unions at various levels get back to work while they await the decision of Government on the issues put before it.

It is expected that the meeting would be held between the President and the leadership of the Coalition today.

A copy of the statement on the suspension of the industrial action

The strike follows calls on the government to scrap off taxes which the drivers deem to be accountable for the high fuel prices at various pumps.

These taxes include Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy, the Special Petroleum tax, Energy Sector Levy, Energy Debt Recovery Levy, and the Sanitation and Pollution levy.

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