The electronic tariff levy situation is still topical and dividing opinions, the latest to join the fray is the Association of Mobile Money Agents as they have decided to embark on industrial action on December 23 2021 to get the government to consider their plight.
They have since the introduction of this levy not agreed to its introduction, deeming it as regressive and a threat to the growth of their business.
Aside from the strike action on December 23 2021, a protest against the levy will also follow to register their displeasure.
They revealed this in their press statement on December 19 2021, endorsed by its General Secretary Evans Otumfuo.
“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 legislature is also set to convene later today, Monday, December 20, 2021, to either approve or reject the controversial e-levy.
The Minority and the Majority caucuses appear sharply divided over the levy and its implications for financial inclusion and the cash-lite society agenda.