Following their agitation on the fuel price hikes, the leadership of the private commercial transport operators is scheduled to meet the Transport and Finance Ministries to reach an agreement on the upward adjustment of fuel which is seriously impacting their business.
This also follows the initial call by the commercial drivers on the government to remove some taxes that will lead to a GHS1.50 reduction on the price of a litre of fuel.
On Tuesday, most commercial drivers angry at the government were clad in red armbands to send a message to the government on their intended industrial action on Monday, November 29 2021.
According to the Head of Communications of the GPRTU Abass Imoro, the intentions of the unions are currently on hold till government addresses their concerns.
He has thus called on their members to still wear the red armbands until they are asked to do otherwise.
“They are to meet us [today, Wednesday, November 24, 2021] at 9:00 am, but the wearing of the red armbands will go on. That is our instruction to our drivers until we are done solving this issue. We have asked all our members to work with the red armbands until a final decision has been taken on the matter.”
However, the Ashanti Regional branch of GPRTU and 15 other drivers’ unions, are gearing up to embark on their industrial action if the government fails to address their concerns in the coming days.
According to Sumaila Yaw Boakye, they intend to push for their national leadership to step down over their failure to impress upon the government to take action on their plight.
“There are three things we will do, we will meet with our leaders and ask them to vacate their positions, secondly, we will embark on a strike, and if that bothers Ghanaians then we will increase transport fare by 30%,” he stated.