Dumsor ECG staff threaten nationwide blackout on Friday

They describe the move as one that will inure to the benefit of the average Ghanaian in any way or form.

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Demonstrating ECG Staff

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Demonstrating workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana have threatened a nation-wide blackout on Friday 26 August to drive home demand for government to rescind its decision to privatise the ECG.

Instigated by the Public Utility Workers Union, the ECG staff say they will not back-down on their agitation against the planned move by government until the decision to privatise is reversed.

They describe the move as one that will inure to the benefit of the average Ghanaian in any way or form.

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The three-day protest, which started on Wednesday is slated to end on Friday with the ECG offices shut down between 8am to 11am. The Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU), which is spearheading the protest has called on government to review the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact which seeks to relinquish the ECG to private investors for 25 years.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), has also reportedly thrown its weight behind PUWU indicating that dialogue between the unions and the government is yielding no fruits.

The Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) is among others, asking government to review the MCC Compact and modify the private sector participation to include pragmatic steps to bring efficiency to ECG.

General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Dr Yaw Baah said the grievances of the ECG Staff are legitimate.

“The workers are not doing this for their sake; they are fighting for this country…. Between 1990 and 2006, about three hundred and sixty state enterprises have been sold, and that has not achieved any results, and we are still selling...why do we keep selling? That is not the way to go”.

Meanwhile, a group also opposing the privatisation, Coalition against the Concession arrangement, said the government needs to think outside the box and not hand the company on a silver platter to a foreign investor.

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