The planned strike and demonstration against the E-levy by aggrieved members of the Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana has been put on hold.
Per the initial plans, the demonstration was supposed to be held today Thursday, December 23 2021.
The association’s reasons to suspend the strike was the fact that Ghana’s legislature had gone on recess and could not receive their petition and the Police also could not guarantee their protection during the protest.
Another reason was also a meeting held with the Communications Ministry and National Communication Authority on their proposal for further deliberations on the bill was accepted.
“We are by this communique, calling on all members to hold on from going to strike/demonstration as intended to take place on 23rd of December 2021. We know that our members are very resolute and poised to get on the streets to fight in protection of their business but we cannot do away with the fact that we are Ghanaians and must be concerned about how we intend to make this strike/demonstration happen,” the association said in a statement.
The Association last week said the E-levy is “regressive” and threatens the survival of their business.
A statement signed by the association’s General Secretary, Evans Otumfuo noted that, “The Union wishes to inform the public, customers, and users of mobile money that as part of actions to register our total displeasure with the government’s proposed e-levy of 1.75%, we deem it necessary to embark on an Industrial action. As an Association that implements all Mobile Money policies through our operators, we see this levy as very regressive and critical to the survival of our businesses.”
“Consequently, as part of our demonstration on Thursday, December 23, 2021, our services as Mobile Money Agents will not be accessible across the country. All Agents will go on strike, hence all outlets will remain closed. If all efforts remain futile, an Indefinite action would be taken thereafter. For your use and records.”
However, the association has served notice that it would not hesitate to resume its strike and protest if the government does not revert with an acceptable response to its concerns.