CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

24 July 2014

Ghana Workers Protest Against Cost of Living

Photo: Kwabena/Twitter
Marching to petition President John Mahama on what they call the worsening economic conditions in the country (file photo).

Accra — Thousands of workers have heeded the call by Ghana's organised labour to protest against the worsening economic conditions in the country.

The workers have converged at the Obra Spot, Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.

General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), Solomon Kotei, said the protests were organized to mount pressure on government to introduce measures that will turn the economy around.

"We are not talking about wages at all in this struggle...we have spoken about the ability [of government] to halt the depreciation of the cedi against the major trading currencies, review prices of petroelum products in a way that continuous price increments that is affecting the economy will be minimised," Kotei said.

Meanwhile, revolutionary songs and placards dominated the protests that started on Thursday morning.

The demonstrators were scheduled to march through some principal streets of Accra and end at the TUC Headquarters where their leaders will address the protestors.

Workers in both formal and informal sectors joined in the march to register their frustration at government's alleged failure to take action on the economy.

About 500 heavily armed personnel from the police service had taken position to ensure the demonstration proceeded peacefully.

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