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Commercial Drivers Call Off Strike, Leadership To Meet President

The Coalition of Commercial Transport Operators has called off the strike after hours of leaving passengers stranded, reports have indicated.

According to a post from TV personality Bridget Otoo, the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo will meet with the leadership of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) to address the issue.

The meeting will be held this afternoon to bring about a cool head.

“STRIKE CALLED OFF! This is why….
“President @NAkufoAddo is meeting the leadership of GPRTU this afternoon over their action. To that end, the strike has been called off. Drivers union also says they owe no one apology for the inconvenience caused. Just spoke to GPRTU PRO Abass Imoro on #MorningStarr @Starr1035Fm”
I picked the above from Francis Abban of Starr FM”, she posted on Facebook.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded in the Greater Accra Region on Monday (6 December) due to a commercial driver strike.

A situation that forced many to trek to their various places of work.

The Coalition of Commercial Transport Operators had previously warned of a nationwide sit-down strike on Monday, December 6, 2021.

The Coalition’s move is based on the government’s unwillingness to scrap various tariffs on petroleum goods by Sunday, according to a statement released over the weekend (5 December).

“That we are calling on the government to, as a matter of national emergency, to totally scrap the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy, the Special Petroleum Tax, Energy Sector Levy, Energy Debt Recovery Levy and the Sanitation and Pollution Levy from the pump price of petroleum products before the midnight of Sunday the 5 December 2021,” the statement said.

“That is the unfortunate failure of the government to fulfill the demands of the Coalition, as stated in paragraph 3, above, the Coalition will have no other option but to commence our sit-down strike action across the country effective Monday the 6 December 2021.”

The coalition of private transport operators consists of Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Association of Tipper Truck Drivers, Harbor Transport Owners, Ghana National Cargo Transport Association, Ghana Committed Drivers Association, Concerned Drivers Association, Digital Drivers, Commercial motorbike riders, popularly referred to as Okada, the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers among others.

Source: opemsuo.com/ Hajara Fuseini/ Emmanuel Owusu Anti

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