General News of 2014-07-24

Workers hit streets today in massive demo

Workers in Ghana will go ahead with a nationwide demonstration to protest biting economic conditions today [Thursday, July 24] in spite of appeals from government for a rethink.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the Secretary General of the Ghana Trades Union Congress, Mr. Kofi Asamoah on behalf of organised labour said “the announced nationwide demonstrations come off as planned, tomorrow Thursday July 24, 2014.
“ALL WORKERS IN GHANA, FORMAL AND INFORMAL, ARE TO CONVERGE AT DESIGNATED LOCATIONS in Accra and other regional capitals to demonstrate,” it urged.
It said workers in the Greater Accra Region are to converge at the Obra Spot, Kwame Nkrumah Circle at 6:30am on Thursday and called on all industries and employers, as well as all well-meaning Ghanaians feeling the pinch of the situation to support and join the demonstration, saying “Indeed this is good for our democracy.”
Government had initially appealed to labour to cancel the demonstrations in favour of discussions, following it up with frantic meetings all to get labour to stay on the job.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has abandoned its earlier request for Organised Labour to organise the protests on a regional basis; citing inadequate personnel to guarantee the safety of the protesters.
In a statement released Wednesday, signed by the Director General, Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Police, Rev. David Ampah-Bennin (DCOP) said, "The Police wish to assure the public that the necessary preparation, within the constraints, earlier communicated, have been made to ensure law and order for the citizenry to go about their daily economic and social activities without let or hindrance.’’