It only started as a sit down strike at the Kumasi office, but has ended up becoming a nationwide strike of Metro mass workers.
The workers demand payment of salary arrears of up to 3 months. Disgruntlement is obvious among a section of staff interviewed and monitored by Ghana Talks Business. The staff complain of general mismanagement of the company which has led to cash-flow problems for the company.
A mechanic of the company, pointing to a nearby broken down bus, lamented that the bus has been parked for the last three months only because of a malfunctioned clutch. “This clutch cost only GHC50 in the market, and yet management is sitting down unconcerned, he said.
Workers ridden with Debt
Drivers and other staff claim they come to work and sleep on the premises because they owe so much in their neighborhoods and cannot face their debtors because of inability to pay.
Meanwhile, private transport providers are seen taking advantage of the Metro mass strike to rake in. They are seen picking passengers right at the front of the Kumasi Metro Mass transit bay.
However, some passengers Ghana Talks Business spoke to emphasized their reluctance to join the private buses, mostly the “Sprinter” due to safety concerns. They would have preferred the Metro mass, but they do not have the option.
Ghana Talks Business will follow up on the Metro mass workers’ strike and update accordingly.