CLOGSAG Executive Secretary Affirms Inevitable Nationwide Demonstration by Organised Labour Unless Government Withdraws Directive

Isaac Bampoe-Addo, the Executive Secretary of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), has declared that the planned nationwide demonstration by Organised Labour is unavoidable unless the government promptly withdraws a directive.

During an appearance on JoyNews’ The Probe, Bampoe-Addo asserted that no institution, including the Ghana Police Service, can prevent them from taking to the streets on the scheduled date, February 13.

“I can assure you that the only thing that can stop us is the withdrawal of this letter. The law is saying we should just notify the police; the police cannot tell us not to go on our demonstration, so we are just notifying them.

“At this moment, the only thing that can stop this demonstration from happening is when the government, through the Finance Ministry, withdraws this letter directing ECG and NEDCO to implement 15% VAT on electricity,” he stated on Sunday.

Bampoe-Addo emphasized that his association, alongside the 35 other organized labor unions, will proceed with a massive demonstration should the government persist in refusing to withdraw the directive. This firm stance follows the determined opposition of organized labor unions to the implementation of the 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) on residential electricity consumption, as directed by the Finance Ministry to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO).

On the same program, Prof. Mamudu Akudugu, President of UTAG, dismissed the assertion that workers are being unfair to the government. According to him, it is the other way around, as the populace is being “suffocated” by taxes.

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