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Labour leaves gov’t meeting over utility hikes

A meeting between government and Organized Labour over recent utility hikes ended in deadlock on Tuesday.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) in December 2015, announced an increase in electricity and water tariffs by 59.2% and 67.2% respectively which are already in effect.

Organised labor subsequently kicked against the move calling for a suspension until certain factors including reliability of power is assured.Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress, Kofi Asamoah explained  that “organized labour reiterated their position of asking for reduction in the prices of the utility levels that were announced recently.

He said, labour also took a position on the newly introduced energy sector levies. “First of all we made it clear that they were rushed through Parliament and there were no public consultations held and that it’s going to worsen the plights of Ghanaians. Government tried to also justify why they needed such taxes raised,” he added.

Mr. Kofi Asamoah however added that they did not really conclusively agree on any principle except some specific issues that were raised, adding that they are not happy about the outcome of the meeting.

Meanwhile, Kofi Asamoah noted that they will try and employ anything that they can to ensure that [tariff] is reduce.

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