Workers Apathy Affects Demo

Some members of Organised Labour didn’t join the demonstration which was aimed at compelling the government to scrap the recent utilities tariff increases.

There was totally nothing to show that Civil Service members of Organised Labour had embarked on demonstration, since majority them were spotted by The Chronicle going about their normal daily duties at the various ministries.

Most of these civil servants were at post, and neither dressed in the traditional red or black apparel that often characterises demonstrations.

When the paper visited the Ministries in the early hours of yesterday, a few desks and computers were unoccupied, implying that those persons had joined the demonstration or were late to report to work.

The demonstrators enjoyed a massive attendance. Pix by Eric Owiredu

There were others who were also clad in black and red standing at the various car parks chatting with colleagues. Although red bands were tied at the various entry points of the Ministry of Water and Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these were done, not in support of the demonstration, but rather to show that they were mourning departed colleagues.

Some civil servants interviewed said they didn’t join the march because some of them needed to stay and work. One of them (name withheld) explained that it was forbidden for senior staff to be part of demonstrations.

However, he added, some juniors were not released to participate in the demonstration because they were to assist the senior staff to run the affairs of the ministries, stressing “some of them didn’t participate for political reasons.

I guess if they join the demonstration, it will make their government unpopular, even though they are also suffering.”Information further gathered indicated that apart from the Supreme Court, other courts could not hear cases because the Judicial Service workers threw their weight behind the demonstration.

By Bernice Bessey

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