The Joint Private Sector Business Consultative
Forum will on Monday begin a strike over the
recent hikes in utility tariffs and newly
introduced taxes.
The Ghana Union of Traders’ Association
(GUTA), Food and Beverages Importers
Association, Ghana Automobile Distributors
Association (GADA), Importers and Exporters
Association of Ghana, Ghana Institute of
Freight Forwarders (GIFF), Freight Forwarders
Association and the Customs Brokers
Association of Ghana are the unions partaking
in the industrial action.
The unions are also not happy with the
ECOWAS Common External Tariff which took
effect on February 1. The tariff seeks to
promote the creation of a common market and
open up the region for intra-Africa trade.
According to traders, the implementation of
the tariff will be inimical to the survival of
businesses since the process lacked the
necessary consultation.
The group at a meeting on Monday drafted a
petition referencing the various economic
challenges prompting their protest.
An Executive member of GUTA, Benjamin
Yeboah told Starr Business they are optimistic
their strike will push government to address
their concerns.
GUTA last week directed its members to hoist
red flags in their shops to express resentment
over government’s refusal to withdraw the

Source : ghanaweb

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