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03.03.2009 Business & Finance

MMT workers on strike

By Micael Boateng, Sunyani - Ghanaian Chronicle

Patrons of the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT), within the Brong-Ahafo Region, were at the premises of the company yesterday, following a strike action embarked on by the workers of the company in the early hours of yesterday.

Some of the commuters reportedly went to the station as early as 5:00 a.m. to board buses to their various destinations, but that was not to be due to the strike action.

The workers of the MMT embarked upon the strike action to back their demand for a pay rise.

The stranded travellers were dismayed upon hearing the news, and attempted pleading with the workers to consider their plight and hold back their strike, while they enter into negotiations with the management.

Some of the workers, who spoke to The Chronicle, noted that their salaries were poor, but after several negotiations nothing good came out of it.

According to the irate workers, they were not ready to work until something favourable came from management.

The Traffic Manager of the MMT in-charge of Sunyani, Mohammed Mustapha, expressed surprise about the action taken by the workers, saying salary negotiations were ongoing between the union and the management.

He disclosed that the issue of negotiation was national, as the National Workers Union of the MMT had agreed and were negotiating with the management on how best the issue of salaries could be addressed.

Mohammed Mustapha did not understand why the union should flout the directives of the Labour Act, which indicates that workers should not embark on an industrial strike when negotiations were ongoing.

He, however, pleaded with the patrons of the MMT to forgive the company for the disappointment, and assured them that management was doing its best to have the matter resolved, for work to resume very soon.