Workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have returned to duty after a two-day strike, in disagreement with government’s decision to cede the company to a private investor, was called off on Monday.
Their industrial action, which was the second step of the disagreement with the partial privatisation of the ECG affected many prepaid customers, who ran out of credit during the weekend.
Some of the ECG offices visited by The Ghanaian Times had their gates opened to the public unlike during the strike period.
They include the Accra East and West offices at Makola and Alajo and the Projects office near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
The red cloths that were seen around their necks and wrists during the sit down strike were missing, but could still be seen around the offices signalling that the push for the abortion of the concession was on.
Private vendors, who didn’t have electricity credit for their clients over the weekend until late Monday all had the commodity in stock.
The private retail outlets visited by this paper include the Abrantie, Nyame Adom, Adam Nana and Mummy’ Inn vendor shops all in the Lapaz area.
James Acquah, a shop attendant at the Abrantie Credit Sales, said he had excess of credit which could last till Friday.
He said his shop was under lock over the weekend because he ran out of credit and could not buy from the ECG as a result of the strike.
One customer, Ronald Amekor, said he ran out of credit on Friday and could not recharge so he had to endure the weekend in darkness.
He hoped the impasse between the workers of the ECG and government would be addressed to ensure uninterrupted service delivery in the power sector, especially coming on the back of a debilitating power crisis which lasted for nearly four years.
Meanwhile the leadership of the workers union of the ECG would tomorrow meet with officials of the Power Ministry, the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) in order to iron out their differences.
It is unclear why the meeting, originally scheduled for today, has been pushed forward.
Mr. Isaac Yaotey Ako Jnr, the Senior Relations Research Officer at the Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU), told The Ghanaian Times that the position of the workers regarding the concession was unchanged.
“We will continue to push our position that the deal is not in the interest of Ghana and we will reiterate that point on Thursday,” he stressed.
Government and workers of the ECG, led by the PUWU, have been at each other’s throat since the concession plan was announced.
However government’s relentless decision to give out the electricity distributing company for 25 years was reiterated when President Mahama urged the workers to brace up for the deal.
By Julius Yao Petetsi