The leadership of the Online Drivers Association of Ghana has declared a sit-down strike over welfare concerns.
The two-day national sit-down strike starts today, Tuesday, April 5, and ends on Wednesday, April 6.
According to the group, the strike is meant to drum home their demands for better conditions of service.
The association has thus advised its members to stay home as the leadership seeks audience with the management of the online driving platforms over their grievances.
A spokesperson for the association, Nana Yaw, told Accra FM, that they are concerned about the security of the drivers and the recent frequent fuel price increases.
He also noted that the fares online drivers charge have remained constant despite the upward adjustment of all other variables.
He added that all the needed permissions have been sought from the Ghana Police Service for the demonstration.
The group also said they will petition parliament.
He said they have also notified their car owners of the decision not to work on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to him, one of their major grievances is: “We don’t know where the rider is going until the journey is started.”
This, he said, must change, adding that they should be told where the rider is going and the amount involved “and if I’m satisfied with it, I’ll respond.”
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed confidence in the government’s recent strategies aimed at reviving the struggling economy.
Speaking to the BBC’s Peter Okowche, the President said the government’s strategies will offer the country the chance to recover from the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In Ghana, the recovery programme we have is very credible and that is what is going to give us the opportunity to come out of this period a stronger economy, and it is that future we are looking at. The digital economy is emerging as the biggest economy in the country and for a long period, it has not had any tax at all, so it is important that it also comes into the net. ”