We are not part of plans to increase transport fares by 40% – GPRTU

Commercial bus at a lorry park

The intended increment of transport fares by forty per cent by the Concerned Drivers Association appears not to have gotten the backing of Ghana Private Road Transport Union GPRTU as the union has dissociated itself from the C-DAG’s move.

The reason the Concerned Drivers gave that led them to increase fares from January 17 is to relieve drivers of the unbearable hardships brought by the increased prices of fuel.

But the GPRTU has categorically stated that there is no future plan to increase transport fares.

According to the Industrial Relations Officer of the GPRTU, Imoro Abbas the union has rather decided to negotiate with the government to scrap some levies on petroleum products is still in motion.

“As GPRTU, we want to dissociate ourselves from them (Concerned Drivers Association). We are yet to meet to see if we have any different decision than appealing to the Government to scrap some of the taxes that we earlier complained about to the government.”

“That was the decision taken, and we’re surprised they’ve come up with this decision. For now, as GPRTU, we haven’t decided on the line they are towing now. We don’t just come out and say we are doing something without going through the due process, that’s why we are saying we want to dissociate ourselves,” he said.

Mr. Imoro also revealed that there will be a meeting with the leadership of GPRTU after it has resumed from the yuletide break to decide on the way forward.

“We’ll plead with the public that we’ll meet and come out with a decision, so for now we don’t want to say anything which we haven’t decided on. We’ve just resumed today, so by Friday you’ll hear from us”.

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh


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