Carriers of Cocoa in the various warehouses of Ghana’s cocoa regulatory body, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) have embarked on an indefinite strike to demand for improved conditions of work and also improved salaries.
According to those working under the Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC), their salaries has not seen any increments for over fives years with no communication from management explaining why it is so.
The strike which begins today, Wednesday, January 5, 2022, will affect movement of the commodity since cocoa trucks cannot be loaded to the ports for export and a leader of the cocoa carriers in Tema, Godwin Ocansey in an interview with Joy Business revealed that their strike action is necessitated due to their poor working conditions and remuneration.
“From 4 to 5 years now, our salaries have not been increased for cocoa carriers. They’ve given us 62 pesewas for almost 4 years per bag until now they’ve not increased it”.
“There were buses that were picking us from our homes to the warehouses that are the cocoa sheds. They’ve canceled that one too. What the workers are demanding right now is either CMC pays them or increases the bag to ¢1. It’s either COCOBOD cancels contracts with contractors and pays the cocoa carriers direct or they increase the pay to ¢1 per bag”, he explained.
He further added that “this is all the cocoa carriers are demanding from the management of Cocoa Marketing Company and that today the strike begins and it shall continue till they listen to our petition”.