Courts in Ghana remain shut as workers hit the streets to demand for a reduction in utility and fuel prices.
Principal streets nationwide are awash in red as organised labour demonstrate to put pressure on the John Dramani Mahama administration to review the prices by withdrawing the recently introduced Energy Sector Levy.
Several meetings between the government and the Labour unions to address the issue ended inconclusively as government insists it is impossible to withdraw the levies.
It argues the levies are meant to fix the challenges in the energy sector. But labour says the move is insensitive on the part of the Mahama administration. They have threatened to strike if their two-day demonstration does not get government to soften its stance.
According to Starr News’ court correspondent Wilberforce Asare, justice seekers are “stranded” at the court complex while “lawyers are also leaving the courts.”
The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG), which is an integral part of organized labour, is playing a crucial role in the demonstration that seeks to draw the NDC government’s attention to the economic hardship in the country.
The demonstration dubbed “Suffering in the Land” has been peaceful so far with a heavy security presence accompanying them.