A coalition of labour unions in the country are embarking on a nationwide strike today, Wednesday January 20; to protest recent increments in fuel price levies, as well as call for increases in salary to combat it.
Government at the turn of the year announced a 27% levy on petroleum prices; a phenomena that ensures that despite plummeting oil prices on the world market- fuel prices continue to go up in Ghana.
In response, several labour unions are organising a demonstration in the streets of Accra today, as well as other locations across the country.
Several unions have joined the strike, including Union of Informal Workers Association (UNIWA), Coalition of Concerned Teachers, the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG), Occupy Ghana, and the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT); amongst others.
Today’s demonstration would be followed by a two day strike. Organised Labour is demanding a 50% salary increment to counter the rising of prices across board that fuel price increases often generate.