Staff of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) have served notice that they have put their decision to go on strike on ice.
The staff were protesting the operational challenges of the companies linked to the indebtedness of some companies to GRIDCo.
“Following a Joint Standing Committee meeting of the Management and Staff Groups of the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo)….the intended sit-down strike action had been suspended,” they said in a statement.
It added: “Management is committed to closer and regular engagements with the Staff Groups and Stakeholders with the view to resolve all outstanding issues.”
The staff promised that “regular work including all other services will proceed as normal.”
“GRIDCo wants to assure the general public and its cherished customers that it is committed to delivering on its mandate of transmitting reliable and uninterrupted power supply,” the statement added.
GRIDCo runs the National Interconnected Transmission System (NITS) which ensures the transmission of electricity from wholesale suppliers (generating companies) to bulk customers, which include the ECG, NEDCo among others.
The GRIDCo staff are demanding that some GHS250 million which President Nana Akufo-Addo directed the Finance Minister to pay GRIDCo.
They are also demanding the following debts be paid immediately to GRIDCo: VALCo’s debt of about $32,567,974 as of September 30; ECG’s debt of about GHS607 million as of March 1, 2019; the PDS debt of GHS94,204, 903 which ECG collected during the suspension of the PDS; the NEDCo debt of about GHS177 million as of September 30, 2019.
The GRIDCO leadership has been pushing the payment of these millions since the beginning of this year.
Agitated staff shelved a planned sit down strike on December 4, 2019, after presenting a petition to the government on their grievances.
Before presenting the petition, hundreds of GRIDCo staff clad in red took the streets to protest the huge debts owed them by its bulk customers.
Source: Daily Mail GH