Commuters stranded as Metro Mass staff hold nationwide sit-down strike

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Commuters were left stranded at the Kaneshie depot of the Metro Mass Transit today, July 3, following a nationwide sit-down strike by staff of the transport company.

The sit-down strike was because of unpaid salaries for the months of May and June, 2020 after they took half salaries for April.

The aggrieved workers, clad in red and black armbands, refused to work until their grievances are heard by the government.

Chairman of the Junior Staff Union of the company, Samuel Kwesi Quaye told ABC News that management are unable to pay workers because of the significant drop in revenue due to the significant reduction in the number of passengers.

According to him, revenue has fallen from between GHC150,000 and GHC180,000 per day to between GHC30,000 and GHC40,000 per day.

He explained that due to the fall in revenue, management is finding it difficult to pay them, and that causing a lot of hardship for for workers, as most of them are unable to pay their rents and fend for their families in the midst of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

Raising fears of losing their source of livelihood, the aggrieved workers appealed to government to support MMTL to ensure its sustainability.

Meanwhile, at the Kaneshie depot, ABC News found that some travelers were stranded, while others were leaving to find other means of transport.

One traveler, who spoke with ABC News, complained bitterly about the situation, saying it has disorganized his plans.

According to him, he had already budgeted for transport already, so going to the VIP station to pick their bus will make him incur more cost which he was not prepared for.

A student of the University of Cape Coast also said she has been compelled to travel by “trotro”, which is something she would usually not do, because she does not feel safe but she had to because she has to be in school for exams.

 

SourceABC News

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