ECG privatisation ECG workers begin two-day strike

The PUWU initiated a three-day nationwide demonstration in protest of a government decision to release ECG to a concessionaire.

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ECG workers on protest over the sale of the company last month. play

ECG workers on protest over the sale of the company last month.

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The Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) has directed workers of state power distributor Electricity Company of Ghana to withdraw services in a sit down strike until government backs down on its concession plan to the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA).

The PUWU initiated a three-day nationwide demonstration in protest of a government decision to release ECG to a concessionaire.

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The government is set to lease ECG to a private company for 25 years as part of the second compact of the Millennium Challenge Account signed by the Government in August 2014.

The concession has come under intense opposition from ECG workers and the Trades Union Congress.

In a circular issued on Thursday after a meeting, PUWU said: “All staff across ECG’s operational areas are to report to work but no official duties will be carried out today 2 September 2016 and Monday 5 September 2016.”

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The circular, however, directed staff to pay attention to critical areas like hospital theaters as well as security installations should a fault occur.

“All staff are to wear red attire to work on Monday. All the above actions are in protest of MIDA’s gross disrespect, lack of transparency and lack of trust. All members are to take note and comply,” the circular added.

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