OccupyGhana, a socio-political non-partisan pressure group with the aim of engaging Ghanaians in development process and ensuring good and responsible governance has waded in the call for government to put the needs of the suffering Ghanaian first, before increasing utility tariffs while public sector workers have not had their salaries increased meaningfully.
Accodring to the group in a statement, they fully support the call by organaized labor to embark on a nation wide strike in protest against government’s failure to reduce utility price hikes and solve the worsening economic condition that has crippled all hope of doing reasonable business or the condition that is gradually preventing Ghanaians from having good livelihood.
“OccupyGhana wishes to express its support for the lawful declaration of nationwide strikes by organized labour to protest grave economic difficulties that have almost derailed plans for basic livelihoods in all homes”.
Occupy Ghana is of the view that President Mahama and his administration since assuming office have done little or nothing to lift the economic standards of the country and its citizens, but is quick to impose on the already suffering citizens taxes and and levies that in turn has compounded the troubles of the people.
“……..Ghanaians are fully aware that should the suffocating hiked taxes and tariffs be allowed to run past the first quarter, the government runs a heightened risk of economic rebellion due to the inability of citizens to honour tax obligations. An underground economy beckons”.
The group in their support to the nationwide strike action and planned demonstration organized labor, has declared friday January 22, 2016 as red Friday in a movement tagged #RedFriday.
Read the full statement below.
OCCUPYGHANA PRESS STATEMENT
OCCUPYGHANA® DECLARES 22.01.16 #REDFRIDAY AGAINST GITMO 2 AND FOR ORGANISED LABOUR STRIKES AND DEMO
OccupyGhana® wishes to express its support for the lawful declaration of nationwide strikes by organized labour to protest grave economic difficulties that have almost derailed plans for basic livelihoods in all homes.
Organised labour and all well-meaning Ghanaians are fully aware that should the suffocating hiked taxes and tariffs be allowed to run past the first quarter, the government runs a heightened risk of economic rebellion due to the inability of citizens to honour tax obligations. An underground economy beckons.
Whilst it will be completely sensible to review the heartless fiscal decision, OccupyGhana® reiterates its call for the government to effectively deal with corruption, whose effect dents the economy annually by almost $3bn as some estimates have suggested.
This figure is almost equal to the tax receipts anticipated from the raft of taxes imposed. Evidently, the snowballing effect of the cases of GYEEDA, SADA, Payroll fraud, Woyome’s scam judgment debt and a host of other debts have been overwhelmed by the dreadful and tongue wagging cases of inflated Airport construction costs, several inflated infrastructure deals, $98m Smartty’s deal, $1M bus branding, AMERI and Karpower deals and more.
As if these destructive economic policies are not enough, the government has sought to distract our taxed attention with the importation of two highly suspicious terrorists under the pretext of honouring international neighbourliness and compassion with America, when the latter finds it difficult to host the two individuals it claims are of “low risk” and pose no threat to recipient nations such as Ghana.
The callousness of the decision does not vitiate the character of the current economic management, but at least it must have been done with the remotest courtesy of preparing our minds.
It is on this note that we reiterate our call for massive support for the strikes and make fresh appeal to all who can, to wear anything RED as we declare #RedFriday, on Friday January 22, 2016.
Yours in the service of occupying hearts and minds for God and Country.