Some commuters were left stranded on Wednesday (October 12) at the Kumasi depot of the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL) following a decision by some staff to embark on a sit-down strike.
The aggrieved workers complain of unresolved salary disputes, and poor working conditions, among others.
“For the past five years, no Metro Mass transit limited worker has received a full salary,” said Francis Ayim Gyampo, Senior Staff Union chairman. “Up till now some of us have not received our salaries. The end of October makes it three months in total that we have not received salaries. Although they have paid some, most of us have not received our salaries”.
“After twenty years in operations, MMTL has virtually no salary structure.
Management has used discretion in sharing goodies that come out of our sweat. At
the moment, management has implemented an annual appraisal for a section of
staff in some units and departments without communicating any plan of
implementation for the other staff (as to when the others will also be appraised). A
widely anticipated phased implementation of the 2020 appraisal has turned out to
be a scam”, the staff further claimed in a statement issued on October 8.
Vehicles at the Kumasi Metro Mass Transport station have been in deplorable condition, including damaged and salvaged buses, vehicles with broken glasses, and others with no tires.
The workers have thus called for the head of top officials, including the Managing Director of the company, who they accuse of collapsing the state-run transport agency.
A decision to interdict some staff who raised concerns has further worsened their plight.
They insist the strike will persist until the decision is rescinded.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH