September 19, 2020

Metro Mass staff asked to suspend strike over unpaid salaries

Workers of the Metro Mass Transit Limited have been directed to call off their sit-down strike over salary arrears with immediate effect.

The directive was given by the General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union of TUC (Ghana).

In a letter from the General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union to the Senior and Junior Staff Union of the Metro Mass Transit Limited, General Secretary, Fuseini Iddrisu, said the directive follows a successful meeting they had with the leadership of the company.

He said “following the said meeting, the National Secretariat of the Union was convinced that fhe salaries in arrears would be paid by the government”.

The Union, thus directed that “The industrial action should be suspended immediately until further notice. The salaries in arrears should be paid by Monday 13th July 2020.”

“If by the 13th July 2020, the salaries in arrears are not paid, the National Secretariat of the Union will get back to the workers through the Divisional Union Executives with further directives,” the letter added.

Following the strike, commuters in major cities were left stranded on Friday July 3, 2020.

The workers resorted to the strike in protest of unpaid salaries for May and June 2020, after taking half salaries for April.

They vowed to continue their strike until they are paid what is owed them.

The Chairman of the Junior Staff Union of MMT, Samuel Kwesi Quaye, lamented that their situation was alarming as some drivers resorted to sleeping in some buses at the company’s premises because they could not afford to go home.

Find below the full statement:

Source: Business