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Ayalolo bus drivers on strike; passengers stranded

Drivers of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) are on strike in protest at what they said are poor working conditions.

The drivers and conductors of the company claim they have not been paid for two months – a situation they say is affecting their livelihood.

Ayalolo driver, Michael Kwame Sogbe in an interview said the industrial action is aimed at drawing attention to the unfair treatment they are receiving from the company.

He said they are being victimized since their source of livelihood stands threatened.

Mr. Sogbe revealed how they are paid on table tops contrary to what is stipulated in their appointment contracts.

“Our salary is GH?15,000 but they sometimes pay us GH?200 on table top but two months now, we have not been paid” he bemoaned.

He stressed that, until their concerns are addressed, they will not go back to work.

The impact of the strike by the BRT drivers is already being felt across the country.

Long queues and long faces at bus stations tell the tale of frustration as commuters are left stranded because of the strike.

The Wednesday morning routine and resolution to be early and productive at work by many workers was severely gutted.

But, Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover expressed shock at the development.

He noted that the strike is news to him because the BRT drivers have not petitioned them about their concerns.

This notwithstanding, the Deputy Transport Minister said he has sermon the manager of the Bus Rapid Transport and will later meet with the drivers for an amicable solution to the problem.

Hon. Titus-Glover apologized to the public for any inconvenience and pledged the situation will be resolved.

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