Workers suspend strike for one week

Striking workers have called off their two-week-old strike over the management of their pensions.

Government last Friday secured a court order directing the workers to call off the strike.

At a news conference on Tuesday, the workers announced they will respect the court order, albeit for just one week.

Reynolds Ofosu Tenkorang who speaks for the workers, confirmed that some of the unions have been served with the court order.

He accused government of intentionally excluding two of the unions in its suit, as well as being selective in serving the suit in an attempt to split the front of the 12 striking unions known as the Forum.

“At long last the long touted ex-parte order from the court has been served on some of the members of the Forum…as we speak some of the unions named in the ex-parte motion have still not been served.

“For us it is not just a mistake, but a deliberate attempt to divide our front,” he said.

“We want to say that we are poor workers fighting to protect our future when we are not strong to work. We have no army, or state security apparatus behind us; we have no means to match government’s might and resources but we have a belief that what is happening is a sheer display of power by the government to overrun the good sentiment of workers.”

He also added that workers would use every legitimate means available to them to ensure that they are not “shortchanged” by government.

The suspension of the strike does not mean an end of the struggle, he asserted.

“If by one week from today, the dispute is not resolved, we shall resume the strike,” he stressed. Story by Ghana || Isaac Essel | [email protected] | twitter @isaacessel

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