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The Ghana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) on Thursday appealed to the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) to consider the plight of the ordinary citizen as it embarked on the process for the review of tariffs.

Mr Joshua Ansah, GTUC Deputy Secretary General, expressed concern that the intended review upward is going to be a big burden on the workers of this country.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Ansah said the salary of workers was increased by 10 per cent last year with effective date January 2019, so any astronomic adjustment upwards of tariff would erode the marginal salary increment.

“Any exorbitant increment will worsen the situation of employees in this country on the other hand we are not saying they should not increase but considering the plight also of the utility providers, we want marginal increment,” Mr Ansah said.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has proposed 23 Ghana pesewas upward tariff adjustment per kilowatt hour (23p/KWh); and Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) 4.897 Ghana pesewas per kilowatt hour (4.897p/KWh).

Others are Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) which is demanding 43 Ghana pesewas per kilowatt hour (43p/KWh); and Enclave Power Company Limited (EPC) proposing 26 Ghana pesewas per kilowatt hour (26p/KWh) for the 2019 Utility Tariff Review.

Meanwhile the PURC has assured the public that it would strike a fair balance between utility service providers and utility consumers in determining new utility tariffs.
Source: GNA

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