Railway workers on strike

Workers of the Ghana Railways Company (GRC) have embarked on a strike to demand their three months unpaid salaries.

The workers said they had not received their salaries and, therefore, decided to lay down their tools until their grievances were addressed.

During a visit to the Nsawam Station, the Times said the Nsawam-Accra shuttle train parked, and a red banner boldly displayed at the entrance of office.

The situation was not different at the Accra station where the workers were present but not rendering services.

When contacted the General Secretary of the GRC, Mr Godwill Ntarmah, confirmed the strike, and stated that they would not work until they received a positive result from the government.

“We are demanding for our salaries and other allowances such as rent to be paid immediately, else, we would not work,” he stated.

Mr Ntarmah said the workers had suffered over the years.

“Schools have re-opened and we need money to send our wards back,” he lamented.

The Accra Area Manager, Mr Samuel Korkorvina, confirmed to The Ghanaian Times that the workers had indeed withdrawn their services.

He said the revenue lost by the GRC as of Friday, run into hundreds of cedis.

The Area Manager said the National Labour Commission was discussing the issue with authorities such as the Transport and Employment and Labour Relations.

In an interview a trader in foodstuff at the Nsawam market, Madam Mercy Asante, said the situation had really affected the traders.

She said sending the goods by train was cheaper than vehicles therefore appealed to authorities to address the situation.

Another commuter, George Asamoah, said the situation needs to be addressed early to ensure that the trains were back on track to help traders send their goods to their various destinations.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi



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