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Organized Labour to Proceed with Protest Against VAT on Electricity Despite Suspension

Despite the Ministry of Finance’s directive to halt the implementation of the controversial 15 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity, the Greater Accra Regional branch of Organised Labour of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) remains steadfast in its decision to proceed with its planned demonstration.

On February 7, 2024, the Ministry of Finance instructed the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) to suspend the introduction of the new tax policy until consultations with stakeholders, including Organised Labour, have been completed.

However, labour unions have voiced their discontent with this directive, demanding a complete repeal of the tax.

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Patrick Binyemi, a representative from the regional metro council of labour, detailed their intentions for a nationwide protest on February 13 during a press briefing in Accra.

The demonstration is set to involve various activities, with a notable action being the cessation of commercial vehicle operations on the day of the protest.

“We will engage in an unprecedented demonstration. This is scheduled for next week Tuesday, the 13th of February 2024. We call on all organised labour members across the Greater Accra region to be prepared for this demonstration,” Binyemi announced.

He outlined the route of the protest, stating, “On Tuesday at 6:30 am, we will gather at the Obra Spot, Circle, and proceed through the Kojo Thompson road to the Farisco traffic light. We will then turn left at the TUC traffic light and right towards the polo grounds along the Professor John Evans Atta Mills highway, commonly known as the high street, culminating at Independence Square or the Black Stars Square. Please take note,” he emphasized.

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