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PSI affiliates oppose the privatisation of electricity in Ghana

: PSI affiliates, the Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) and the Public Services Workers Union (PSWU), have called on the Government to stop the privatization of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). Following PSI’s advice, the two unions are collaborating to advocate against the concession. The Public Utilities Workers Union’s deputy general secretary, Michael Nyantakyi, says ECG’s problems stem from unpaid bills from government’s use of electricity, not bad management. He said the government was looking to give 25 years of control to a foreign company. “Some of these companies are from Nigeria, United Kingdom, France, Lebanon, Philippines and Turkey. Others are from the United States, South Africa, Thailand, Ireland, Canada, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel and India.”

Source: www.world-psi.org

PUWU and PSWU have called on the government to halt the privatization of Electricity Company of Ghana

The Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) and the Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) have called on the government to halt the privatization of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). They warn of astronomical tariff increases if a foreign profit-making entity takes over ECG. “Mr Richard Amperbeng, General Secretary of PSWU and Mr Ato Bondzi-Quaye, General Secretary of PUWU, took turns to explain the ECG privatization to representatives of the civil society groups (CSOs), which included Third World Network (TWN), Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), ISODEC, NETRIGHT, Abantu for Development, ECG, and WACAM, among others.” A recent analysis by PSIRU shows the influence of the US government and its Millennium Challenge Corporation in the planned energy privatization.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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