…Party Supporters To Join TUC Demo
By Cecil Mensah
Some key elements in the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), are feverishly planning to bus party supporters to infiltrate tomorrow’s nationwide demonstrations of Trade Union Congress (TUC), over the current economic crisis the country is experiencing under the leadership of President John Dramani Mahama.
Intelligence picked up by The Herald indicates that groups such as Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) and Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance (CGRG), pressure groups sympathetic to the NPP are planning to bus its supporters to shore-up the nationwide strike declared by the leadership of the TUC.
Intelligence report suggests that Sammy Awuku, the National Youth Organizers of the NPP, is expected to coordinate the supporters to partake in the TUC’s nationwide demonstrations.
In the Ashanti Region, The Herald is informed that the NPP Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako alias “Chairman Wontumi”, is also getting his supporters in Kumasi and its environs to take part in the strike, under the guise of being TUC members.
Inside the TUC itself, there are reports that some workers have started agitating about dues collected from them and used to pay salaries and allowances of the leadership led Kofi Asamoah.
The members are calling for an audit into the affairs of the leadership, who they are accusing of many things, including lack of accountability in the management of the union’s coffers.
They contend that members of the TUC leadership are not suffering as claimed, because most of them get fat allowances from various government boards they serve on, in addition to the salaries they get paid from workers’ deductions.
Meanwhile the CGRG, which is behind the “OccupyFlagstaffHouse Campaign”, has in a press statement sent to The Herald, announced its support for the TUC demo.
The statement dated July 22, 2014 and titled; “In Support of TUC and Organized Labour Led 1- Day Nationwide Protest” was signed by George Kojo Anti, the Executive Director of the group.
It said, the one-day national protest affirms the numerous demands by CGRG to the present government to be fiscally responsible, monetarily wise, whilst focusing on time bound actions to bring the Ghanaian economy back on track and to aggressively pursue steps to punish non-performing, inept and corrupt officials.
The CGRG said, Ghana deserves better than what we are currently experiencing. The letter said it was in support of the declaration by Organised Labour and urged all concerned Ghanaians to join the protest on Thursday.
It urged its members to come out in their numbers, clad in red, and join members of Organised Labour in this all-important fight for a Better Ghana.
“In doing so, let us exhibit the utmost respect for the law and conduct a peaceful demonstration. We call on the Ghana Police Service to be professional and assist the protesters, by providing security on the day as it did during the “Occupy Flagstaff House” protest on July 1, 2014”.
The statement concluded that “We all have a role to play in ensuring that Ghana works again. We stand up, we speak up and we protest because we love Ghana, adding “let us do this, for the love of Ghana. God Bless Our Homeland Ghana and Make Our Nation Great and Strong”.