Fix dumsor now to save economy from further havoc; Workers tell Prez Mahama (May 2, 2015)

A section of  workers who defied the scorching sun to march at this year’s Workers’ Day parade in Accra have urged the government to deal with the power crisis urgently to stop it from causing further havoc to the economy.

They said being in power for three years was long enough for the government to tame the power challenges that had resulted in a number of layoffs.

“The President has promised on countless occasions that he will fix the problem but it appears there is no end in sight. In one week, the situation improves and in the next, the situation becomes worse,” Samuel Asante, a worker at Duraplast said.

Although the day turned out to be fun day for the workers, who sang and danced to brass band music and ‘jama songs’, the messages on their placards showed their anger and frustration resulting from the power outages.

Some of the messages read: “Energy is the key to Ghana’s success, provide it now,” “Tired of dumsor, we need light now,” “Mr President, the infant and local industries are in coma because of dumsor;” “Mr President dumsor must end now;” “Government pay ECG to pay VRA;” “Ghanaians can manage ECG, why foreigners? The era of slavery is over;” “ECG, the backbone of Ghana’s economy. Fix the dumsor.”

The country’s workers joined their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate May Day yesterday. The day is set aside to take stock of the contribution of labour to the socio-politico-economic development of the world.

The national theme for this year’s celebration: ‘Addressing the Energy Crisis: The Role of Organised Labour,” was chosen due to the power crisis facing the country.

May Day, officially known as International Workers Day, is marked on May 1 and is a celebration of labour and the working classes.

Dumsor
According to Mr Joseph Amuakwa, an auto electrician of Mankoadze Fisheries Limited, the power crisis has put the company’s finances in a dire state as it had to spend more money on fuel.

He, therefore, appealed to the National Petroleum Authority to reduce fuel prices while the government worked on providing a long-term solution to the power crisis.

An Aircraft Attendant of the Ghana Airport Company, Mr Kwesi Asare, also expressed similar sentiments and appealed to the government to expedite action on resolving the power crisis because besides affecting productivity, it was also having a negative impact on life at home.

For Isaac Amateyfio, a driver of the Ghana Water Company, the energy situation was increasing the cost of living.

“These days, you can’t store food for long because the fridge is most of the time off. We are spending more on food but the salary remains the same.”

Other complaints
 Other workers expressed concern about high rent, income tax and corruption.
Mr Amet Harry of Prestea Sankofa Gold expressed displeasure at the high income tax that yielded little benefit for workers.

For some of the workers too, it was an opportune time to make cases for their organisations or complain about conditions there, and they used placards to convey the messages.

 “Mr President, please save C.P.C,” a placard carried by a staff member of the Cocoa Processing Company said.

“Mr President, GCMC workers are crying for increment of salary,” “From January till now, no increment why?” was the message from the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company.

“Mr President, please stop Hon. Seth Terkper from killing railway workers,” “Hon Seth Terkper, railway workers are also workers of Ghana,” “Hon Seth Terkper, Railway workers do not own the Railway Company, therefore, they cannot suffer for its woes,” were the messages from the Ghana Railway Company.

Noise drowns President’s speech
Most of the workers whom the Daily Graphic randomly spoke to said they could not hear President John Dramani Mahama’s speech, when he addressed the parade, because of the noise around.

The President’s speech was drowned by drumming and dancing which took centre stage in the stands of the Black Star Square where the parade was held.

A section of  workers who defied the scorching sun to march at this year’s Workers’ Day parade in Accra have urged the government to deal with the power crisis urgently to stop it from causing further havoc to the economy.
They said being in power for three years was long enough for the government to tame the power challenges that had resulted in a number of layoffs.
“The President has promised on countless occasions that he will fix the problem but it appears there is no end in sight. In one week, the situation improves and in the next, the situation becomes worse,” Samuel Asante, a worker at Duraplast said.
Although the day turned out to be fun day for the workers, who sang and danced to brass band music and ‘jama songs’, the messages on their placards showed their anger and frustration resulting from the power outages.
Some of the messages read: “Energy is the key to Ghana’s success, provide it now,” “Tired of dumsor, we need light now,” “Mr President, the infant and local industries are in coma because of dumsor;” “Mr President dumsor must end now;” “Government pay ECG to pay VRA;” “Ghanaians can manage ECG, why foreigners? The era of slavery is over;” “ECG, the backbone of Ghana’s economy. Fix the dumsor.”
The country’s workers joined their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate May Day yesterday. The day is set aside to take stock of the contribution of labour to the socio-politico-economic development of the world.
The national theme for this year’s celebration: ‘Addressing the Energy Crisis: The Role of Organised Labour,” was chosen due to the power crisis facing the country.
May Day, officially known as International Workers Day, is marked on May 1 and is a celebration of labour and the working classes.

Dumsor

According to Mr Joseph Amuakwa, an auto electrician of Mankoadze Fisheries Limited, the power crisis has put the company’s finances in a dire state as it had to spend more money on fuel.
He, therefore, appealed to the National Petroleum Authority to reduce fuel prices while the government worked on providing a long-term solution to the power crisis.
An Aircraft Attendant of the Ghana Airport Company, Mr Kwesi Asare, also expressed similar sentiments and appealed to the government to expedite action on resolving the power crisis because besides affecting productivity, it was also having a negative impact on life at home.
For Isaac Amateyfio, a driver of the Ghana Water Company, the energy situation was increasing the cost of living.
“These days, you can’t store food for long because the fridge is most of the time off. We are spending more on food but the salary remains the same.”

Other complaints

 Other workers expressed concern about high rent, income tax and corruption.
Mr Amet Harry of Prestea Sankofa Gold expressed displeasure at the high income tax that yielded little benefit for workers.
For some of the workers too, it was an opportune time to make cases for their organisations or complain about conditions there, and they used placards to convey the messages.
 “Mr President, please save C.P.C,” a placard carried by a staff member of the Cocoa Processing Company said.
“Mr President, GCMC workers are crying for increment of salary,” “From January till now, no increment why?” was the message from the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company.
“Mr President, please stop Hon. Seth Terkper from killing railway workers,” “Hon Seth Terkper, railway workers are also workers of Ghana,” “Hon Seth Terkper, Railway workers do not own the Railway Company, therefore, they cannot suffer for its woes,” were the messages from the Ghana Railway Company.

Noise drowns President’s speech

Most of the workers whom the Daily Graphic randomly spoke to said they could not hear President John Dramani Mahama’s speech, when he addressed the parade, because of the noise around.
The President’s speech was drowned by drumming and dancing which took centre stage in the stands of the Black Star Square where the parade was held.
- See more at: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/42642-fix-dumsor-now-to-save-economy-from-further-havoc-workers-tell-prez-mahama.html#sthash.g9nimZJ6.dpuf
A section of  workers who defied the scorching sun to march at this year’s Workers’ Day parade in Accra have urged the government to deal with the power crisis urgently to stop it from causing further havoc to the economy.
They said being in power for three years was long enough for the government to tame the power challenges that had resulted in a number of layoffs.
“The President has promised on countless occasions that he will fix the problem but it appears there is no end in sight. In one week, the situation improves and in the next, the situation becomes worse,” Samuel Asante, a worker at Duraplast said.
Although the day turned out to be fun day for the workers, who sang and danced to brass band music and ‘jama songs’, the messages on their placards showed their anger and frustration resulting from the power outages.
Some of the messages read: “Energy is the key to Ghana’s success, provide it now,” “Tired of dumsor, we need light now,” “Mr President, the infant and local industries are in coma because of dumsor;” “Mr President dumsor must end now;” “Government pay ECG to pay VRA;” “Ghanaians can manage ECG, why foreigners? The era of slavery is over;” “ECG, the backbone of Ghana’s economy. Fix the dumsor.”
The country’s workers joined their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate May Day yesterday. The day is set aside to take stock of the contribution of labour to the socio-politico-economic development of the world.
The national theme for this year’s celebration: ‘Addressing the Energy Crisis: The Role of Organised Labour,” was chosen due to the power crisis facing the country.
May Day, officially known as International Workers Day, is marked on May 1 and is a celebration of labour and the working classes.

Dumsor

According to Mr Joseph Amuakwa, an auto electrician of Mankoadze Fisheries Limited, the power crisis has put the company’s finances in a dire state as it had to spend more money on fuel.
He, therefore, appealed to the National Petroleum Authority to reduce fuel prices while the government worked on providing a long-term solution to the power crisis.
An Aircraft Attendant of the Ghana Airport Company, Mr Kwesi Asare, also expressed similar sentiments and appealed to the government to expedite action on resolving the power crisis because besides affecting productivity, it was also having a negative impact on life at home.
For Isaac Amateyfio, a driver of the Ghana Water Company, the energy situation was increasing the cost of living.
“These days, you can’t store food for long because the fridge is most of the time off. We are spending more on food but the salary remains the same.”

Other complaints

 Other workers expressed concern about high rent, income tax and corruption.
Mr Amet Harry of Prestea Sankofa Gold expressed displeasure at the high income tax that yielded little benefit for workers.
For some of the workers too, it was an opportune time to make cases for their organisations or complain about conditions there, and they used placards to convey the messages.
 “Mr President, please save C.P.C,” a placard carried by a staff member of the Cocoa Processing Company said.
“Mr President, GCMC workers are crying for increment of salary,” “From January till now, no increment why?” was the message from the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company.
“Mr President, please stop Hon. Seth Terkper from killing railway workers,” “Hon Seth Terkper, railway workers are also workers of Ghana,” “Hon Seth Terkper, Railway workers do not own the Railway Company, therefore, they cannot suffer for its woes,” were the messages from the Ghana Railway Company.

Noise drowns President’s speech

Most of the workers whom the Daily Graphic randomly spoke to said they could not hear President John Dramani Mahama’s speech, when he addressed the parade, because of the noise around.
The President’s speech was drowned by drumming and dancing which took centre stage in the stands of the Black Star Square where the parade was held.
- See more at: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/42642-fix-dumsor-now-to-save-economy-from-further-havoc-workers-tell-prez-mahama.html#sthash.g9nimZJ6.dpuf

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