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Transport operators to embark on nationwide strike over new insurance premium

Road transport operators in Ghana have declared a nationwide strike beginning next Monday, February 8.

The operators whose membership includes the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Roads Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) are protesting the increment in motor insurance premium.

The Ghana Insurance Association (GIA) and the Ministry of Finance agreed on a 300% increase in insurance premium in July 2015 and it is being implemented in two phases.

Spokesperson for the Ghana Committed Drivers’ Association on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Tuesday said they were not informed about the directive and therefore must be reversed.”

He noted that the Insurance Commission is not being fair to them, especially when they are not benefitting from the insurance and other transport related charges.

Below is a press statement by the union

FULL PRESS STATEMENT

PRESS CONFERENCE BY ROAD TRANSPORT OPERATORS (GPRTU,GRTCC, GCTDA): STRIKE ACTION-MONDAY FEBRUARY 8,2016
Ladies and gentlemen of the media, we thank you for honouring our invitation to this press conference at short notice. We will make it brief.

We the undersigned, who are senior executives and representatives of road transport operators nationwide, have invited you to here to announce a nationwide strike action on Monday, February 8,2016.

This impending action has become necessary, following the many recent increases in road transport-related charges, and the failure of the relevant state institutions to listen to our cry for a reduction.

It will be recalled that in June, 2015, the Ghana Insurance Association (G.I.A.) attempted to impose an 8oo% increase in motor insurance premiums (Third party).

This was however fiercely resisted by the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU), Ghana Committed Drivers’ Association (GCTDA) and GRTCC, leading to a reduction of the premium to 400% increase, which we again rejected.

Following continued negotiations between the Ministry of Transport, Road Transport Operators and GIA. and NIC, a mutually agreed incremental rate of between 240%-260% was arrived at.

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, instead of applying the agreed incremental rate of between 240%-260%, the GIA has this year, rather increased the 400% premium rate, to 500%!

This, ladies and gentlemen, is not good, and is an act in bad faith by the GIA.

We are by this press conference, giving G.I.A., N.I.C. and the Ministry of Transport, two days within which to reduce the motor insurance premium rate to the agreed percentage of between 240%-260%

Failure to do this will result in the call to all members of GPRTU, GCTDA, and GRTCC nationwide to position themselves for a total strike action on Monday, February 8, 2016 to register our anger at what we consider a needless act of bad faith by the GIA, and an act of insensitivity by the NIC and Ministry of Transport.
Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you.
-SIGNED-
CHARLES DANSO(CHAI RMAN-GCTDA)-

 

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