Industrial Workers Hit The Streets Over Harsh Economic Conditions


ICU Protest

Members of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) on Thursday demonstrated in Tema over what they describe as worsening economic conditions in the country.

The demonstrators, clad in red and wielding placards say, the recent increases in petroleum products and utility tariffs have brought untold hardships on workers in the country and is an indication that the government has lost touch with the realities of the Ghanaian economy.

According to the General Secretary of the ICU, Solomon Kotei, members in a petition wanted to know from government whether it has lost control of the economy.

“We are specifically requesting from Government if we have gotten to a stage that nothing can be done about the harsh economic conditions, then it should turn back to look at workers so that the overtime tax that we pay something is done about it”.

Mr Kotei added that, government has deliberately scraped policies that were cushioning workers against economic hardships, at a time those policies are needed most.

“The previous automatic adjustment formula is also no more in operation. Government has decided to wash off its hands. It tells us obviously that all the subsidies…have been taken away”.

Today’s protest by the ICU adds to the numerous demonstrations by various organized group against the government’s handling of the economy.