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The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper has hinted that he is ready to close down the offices of his paper in support of the impending strike action against the utility tariff increment.

Speaking on a declaration of an industrial action slated for the 18th of November, 2013 on Metro TV痴 賎ood Morning Ghana programme, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. was surprised about the fact that government seem to be dragging its feet with regards to the demands of organized labour.

He further warned government not to take the threat of a nationwide strike action as a massive discontent the utility price increment has generated among Ghanaians.

的t would be important for government to make concessions because this would not be like any other strike. This strike is supported fully by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which now I am told has about 17 affiliated unions.

典he Industrial and Workers Union, which broke away from the TUC is supporting the strike, the Ghana National Association of Teachers is supporting the strike, NAGRAT is supporting the strike, and many more. It is even possible that many people in the informal sector would join the strike action. In fact I am ready to close down the Insight in support of this strike action for November 18th. So it is important that government should listen, he warned.

Kwesi Pratt Jnr. further opined that the government has become very technocratic and should therefore take cognizance of rippling effects of the social and political decisions it makes.

He described the utility tariff increment as 殿trocious and added that, what even makes it worse is that, 鍍hese occur without regards to the call for improving efficiency and ending corruption in the utility services. It痴 even worse still, when you realize that the increases are far more that 78%, especially with electricity.

Mr. Pratt however, maintained that government should take into account the concerns of organized labour because 鍍he situation on the ground is not good at all and it痴 important that government wakes up to its responsibility, it痴 important that government listens to the cries of the people. People are really suffering in our country and government needs to do something about it.
Source: Prince Obimpeh/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

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