The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is demanding an immediate and unconditional reversal of the new utility tariffs announced by the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC).
“We call for an immediate and unconditional reversal of the announced increases and further to that, a reduction in the prices of electricity and water,” a statement signed by the General Secretary of the TUC said.
The PURC on September 30 announced an increment of electricity and water tariffs by 6.54 per cent and 4.54 per cent respectively.
The Commission explained that the increment was made after careful consideration of all factors which forms the basis of the Automatic Adjustment Formula.
The PURC advised Ghanaians to conserve energy and water to reduce the challenges being faced with the unreliable supply of these two essential commodities.
But the TUC believes the increment is “ill- timed” and absolutely “insensitive”. The Union expressed shock at the PURC’s decision saying, “we are shocked and outraged by the recently announced increases in utility prices by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC). As we are all aware, electricity rate has gone up by about six percent (6%) and Water by about four percent (4%).”