General News of 2014-07-25

Organized Labour: We are extremely satisfied with demo

Organized Labour has expressed extreme satisfaction with Thursday’s one-day nationwide demonstration to draw the government’s attention to their economic predicaments.
It was dubbed: “We Are Suffering”, a sign that the Ghanaian economy has gone bad. Secretary General of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), Solomon Kotei told Joy News’ Dzifa Bampoh “we are extremely satisfied; we really give thanks to God that all our expectations have duly been met.”
According to him, it was not a national strike. “It was just a demonstration. It is to ensure that all institutions and employers kept their work running,” he noted and thanked all the employers for coming out in their numbers to support a worthy cause.
Some thousands of workers across the country joined their colleagues to press home their demands from the government. Mr. Kotei noted their resolution to the government included some prescriptions on how to run the economy and therefore expected some positive response soon.
“All we’re looking forward [to] is that government will begin very serious and committed negotiations with labour in terms of the issues that we have put across,” he said.
Meanwhile, four people have been reported injured in the Brong Ahafo region. Police personnel in the area were reported to have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Acting National Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Cephas Arthur told Joy News, the incident would be investigated and those found culpable would be dealt with.
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