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Four arrested over assassination of Seikwa chief

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Police have arrested four suspects in relation to the assassination of the paramount chief of Seikwa traditional area in the Bono Ahafo Region.

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Victims of Melcom disaster yet to get justice

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One year after the building which housed the Achimota branch of Melcom collapsed and killed 18 people; the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) says it is yet to prosecute anyone for the deaths as it has just completed investigations into the collapse.

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Man arrested 'for having sex with sheep'

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A 21-year old Nigerien, Abdul Fatawu, is in the grips of the police for allegedly having sex with a sheep in an uncompleted mission house.

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Organised Labour declares nationwide strike

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Organised Labour has declared a nationwide strike after failing to reach an agreement with the government and the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) over the recent hike in utility tariffs.

Organised Labour made this known Tuesday in a press statement.

The strike will take effect from Monday, 18th November, 2013, with all workers in both the formal and informal sectors  requested to stay at home in protest against what Organised Labour described as " astronomical increase in utility tariffs".

Organised Labour groups in all the 10 regions have also been asked to convene meetings to plan and stage demonstrations in all the Regional Capitals before 18th November, 2013.

Organised Labour also directed its affiliate groups across the country to convene emergency meetings as soon as possible to adopt the necessary resolutions to back the planned nationwide industrial actions.

The government had constituted a Technical Working Group (TWG) to "examine mitigating measures that would allow industry and consumers to adjust to any new level of tariff adjustment", however, the TWG's report which proposed a 60 percent increase in the end-user-tariff for electricity, did not go down well with Organised Labour.

"After a thorough examination of the TWG report, we have come to the conclusion that none of the scenarios presented in the report addresses the concerns of Organised Labour.

"We, therefore, have no option but to call on all the working people of Ghana, their families and the good people of Ghana to express their dissatisfaction about the failure on the part of Government to reduce utility tariffs to affordable levels," the statement read.

Organsied Labour comprises the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT),  National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), Industrial and Commercial Service Union (ICU) and Judicial Services Staff Assiociation of Ghana (JUSAG)

Below is the full statement

PRESS STATEMENT BY ORGANISED LABOUR

The Leadership of Organised Labour met, once again, today, Tuesday, 29th October, 2013 to deliberate on recent developments since the PURC announced increases in utility tariffs on behalf of the Government. You may recall that, following Organised Labour leadership meeting held on Tuesday, 8th October, 2013, a ten-day ultimatum was issued to the PURC and the Government to reduce the tariffs or face the wrath of workers.

Following the ultimatum, Government constituted a Technical Working Group (TWG) to, among other terms of reference, "examinemitigating measures that would allow industry and consumers to adjust to any new level of tariff adjustment".

After a thorough examination of the TWG report, we have come to the conclusion that none of the scenarios presented in the report addresses the concerns of Organized Labour. For example, the TWG's best possible scenario which proposes

60 percent increase in the end-user-tariff for electricity implies an effective increase of76 percent as a result of the additional levies and charges.

We, therefore, have no option but to call on all the working people of Ghana, their families and the good people of Ghana to express their dissatisfaction about the failure on the part of Government to reduce utility tariffs to affordable levels.

The following are the actions we have planned to back our demand for the reduction of utility tariffs:

1. On Monday, is" November, 2013, all workers in both the formal and

informal sectors are requested to stay at home in protest against the astronomical increase in utility tariffs.

2. Organised Labour groups in all the 10 regions are requested to convene meetings to plan and stage demonstrations in all the Regional Capitals before 18th November, 2013.

3. All Organised Labour Groups are requested to convene emergency meetings

as soon as possible to adopt the necessary resolutions to back the planned nationwide industrial actions.

We call on all workers to participate fully in these actions in order to send a clear message to Government that Ghana is not for the few politicians who are making decisions and choices on our behalf and that we cannot tolerate such insensitive

actions on the part of the so-called independent state institutions who are established to make decisions on our behalf.

We will continue to keep workers updated on all developments. We thank all workers for their support so far. We are, once again, appeal" to you to sustain this struggle until we achieve our aim.

Credit: Graphic.com.gh

 

Waterville and Austro Invest operated illegally in Ghana - Police Investigator

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A Police investigator who appeared as a witness in the case involving Alfred Woyome and the State on Monday revealed that Waterville Holdings and Austro Invest had not been formally registered to operate in the country.

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