Labour meets Monday on way forward after gov’t refusal to withdraw energy levy

Organized Labour will meet Monday to deliberate the next line of action after government insistence it cannot withdraw the Energy Sector Levy.

The Energy Sector Levy Act, passed by Parliament, increased utility tariffs as well as prices of petroleum products, a situation Labour has been at pains to accept.

Organized Labor hit the streets last Wednesday to register their displeasure about the situation.

An executive board member of the Ghana Federation of Labor (GFL), Albert Yamoah, says government’s explanation has been that the levy would guarantee stable power supply.

“We were talking about complete withdrawal of Energy Sector levy but government says there is nothing they can do about it. This is because they do not want us to be visited by the dumsor issue, that they want to clear all their outstanding debts and make some savings towards the future because in the budget, the way they priced the oil is not what is happening,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

He said Monday’s meeting would decide Labour’s next move.

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