The Ghana Haulage Transport Drivers Association operating at the Tema Main Harbour has embarked on a sit-down strike over what they describe as unfavorable working conditions as a result of the hikes in fuel prices.
More than 6,000 haulage transport drivers on Tuesday parked their vehicles to show their dissatisfaction with the current fuel prices and the negative impact on their operations.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema, Mr Shamsu Baba Yaro, Vice Chairman, Joint Association of Point Transport Union (JAPTU), said drivers involved in the haulage transport business had been demobilised by the current economic challenges.
He said the drivers’ played an integral role in raking in revenue for the country’s development and that they spent huge sum of money to purchase fuel in Ghana compared to other neighbouring countries within West Africa.
“The cost of doing business in Ghana now is extremely expensive and we call on the government and other parastatals to try as much as possible to reduce the prices of fuel, especially diesel,” he said.
“One needs GHC5,300.00 to purchase six drums of fuel in Ghana for a cross-country journey but elsewhere… you need 1.6 million CFA, equivalent to GHC2,500.00, to buy the same quantity of fuel in other West African countries, this is unbearable.”
Mr Yaro said until they received a favourable response from the government or the key stakeholders, no haulage vehicle would cart goods from the Harbour to any part of the sub-region.
Meanwhile, the Ghana News Agency observed that authorities of the Tema Harbour had engaged the leadership of the Union over the sit-down strike.
They have asked for a 24-hour break to provide some reasonable feedback to the agitated drivers to decide the next line of Action.