The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and 35 organised labour unions have served notice of their intention to embark on a demonstration over the 15 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on electricity.
The demonstration is set for February 13, 2024.
The TUC and the 35 other labour unions noted that they have decoded to demonstrate because government has refused to withdraw the 15 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on electricity.
National Secretary of TUC, Dr Yaw Baah, said
“The government put a VAT on electricity for consumers.
“We decided not to pay, so we gave the government till January 31 [to execute adjustments]. If they don’t change, we said we’d decide what to do. We have now agreed to hold a demonstration in all regional capitals on February 13th.
“Ghana workers, both formal and informal, in the governmental and private sectors, have resolved to hold demonstrations in all regional capitals. From Accra to Bolgatanga.”
Dr. Baah warns that if the government fails to rescind its 15% electricity price decision or negotiate with them before Tuesday, they will initiate a demonstration.
“If the government does not want us to organise the demonstration, they should withdraw the letter; if we do not hear back by Tuesday, February 13, we will demonstrate.
“The demonstration is meant to show the government that we will not pay the VAT. “The country is ours, and we refuse to pay VAT,” he continued.