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Labour Unions in Ghana Suspend Protest Against Electricity VAT Imposition

Labour unions under the umbrella of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Ghana have suspended their planned nationwide protest over the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity consumption which was scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

Energy News Africa reports that the partial suspension of the policy by the government has informed the decision by the labour unions to suspend the protest.

Speaking to journalists at a press briefing on Friday (9 February), the General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU-Ghana), Morgan Ayawine, said, “The message we are sending out to our members is that it is a victory.

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“It is a victory not only for our members but also for Ghanaians. We want to believe that it is a suspension in perpetuity.
“So, our members should not feel that we have been defeated.“It is not a defeat and we have also told our members and organised labour will be on red alert, so if the government thinks that it can play a smart one on us, we are still there and alive; we can bounce back.

“The fact that we have not taken a position not to discuss or engage the government on the [15%] VAT on electricity means that it is gone,” he added.

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