‘Demos’ are becoming ineffective – University Lecturer

Demonstrations across the world are gradually becoming unattractive and ineffective, says Dr. Kobe Mensah, a lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School, Legon, and a political marketing expert.

According to Dr. Mensah, the ineffectiveness and unattractiveness of demonstrations across the world was due to so many forces, including “evolution of the workplace”.

He explained that the emergence of private sector jobs and small scale industries have had a toll on the impact of demonstrations.

On Wednesday, thousands of workers in the country, embarked on a coordinated demonstration to registered their displeasure with the recent increase in utility tariffs and prices of petroleum products.

The protestations were held in the various regional capital of the country.

The General Secretary of the Ghana Trades Union Congress maintained that workers could no longer accommodate the “killer taxes” and hikes in petroleum products that had been imposed by the government.

He said the demonstration was hugely successful.

“We consider this demonstration as 98 per cent successful. In tranquility, in terms of attendance, in terms of comportment by both the police and the general membership.

He added that the protest has made an impact because workers were able to pour their hearts out on placards and in media interviews.

But Dr. Mensah believed that Wednesday’s demonstration, like many others across the world have limited impact.

“The workplace is changing, we now have quite a lot of private companies as opposed to public sector jobs.

So when you have people working in private jobs, they then get afraid of being kicked out of their jobs so they rather stay at their offices and work,” he explained.

He further added that most people have lost interest in demonstrating because of the increasing realisation that in the recent past, most of these demonstrations have not yielded any results so they rather concentrate on their jobs instead of taking to the streets.

– myjoyonline.com

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