By Cecil Mensah
Madam Dzifa Attivor, the Minister for Transport, has assured the striking workers of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) to exercise restraint, while government comes out with measures that will address all the challenges confronting the company.
The Minister, made this call when the striking workers of the company clad in red arm band, presented a petition to the her on Monday, over some alleged malfeasance committed by the Deputy Managing Director (MD) of the company in Accra.
The Minister joined by some officials of the Ministry, stormed the Kaneshie office of the company to receive a petition by the workers on Monday January 12, 2015.
Receiving the petition, Madam Attivor, appealed to the workers to resume work to enable the Ministry study the petition.
She assured them that government considers MMT as strategic partner in the delivery of public transport and will do everything to ensure the survival of the company.
She said, it was in view of this that government has procured the two hundred buses to augment the fleets of the company by the close of this year.
She explained that it was the hope of government that they would resume work for the government to tackle issues of conflict of interest raised against the Board Chairman, Nana Ansah Sasaraku, and the Chief of Mamfe in the Eastern Region.
Addressing some of the issues raised by workers, including the delays in the payment of salaries, Mr Noble Appiah, the Managing Director, said the company has embarked on a job evaluation exercise and very soon the issues of salary disparities would be settled.
He further appealed to the striking workers to exercise restraint as government takes steps to have the matter settled.
The workers, have since issued a two- week ultimatum to the Ministry to have the matters raised in the petition settled or risk a nationwide strike.