Member of the Roads and Transport committee in parliament and a Member of Parliament for Bantama Constituency, hon. Daniel Okyem Aboagye has revealed that the committee will summon Metro Mass Transit Limited Authorities to explain plans for staff welfare.
Metro Mass Transit workers across the country are demonstrating against poor working conditions, bad remuneration as well as the removal of their Managing Director Bennet Aboagye for his unreasonable demands.
The drivers who grounded their buses on Wednesday, 27 August 2017 said efforts to get management to give them better conditions of service have proved futile, adding that, their MD does not have the interest of the company at heart as he has not done anything to revive the ailing transport company six months into his appointment.
The drivers also complained that about 500 of the company’s buses are broken down and need to be fixed, but have been left to rot.
The drivers also complain that they are not paid risk allowance and medical insurance but paid only a meagre amount GHS10 as sleepover allowance.
But hon. Okyem Aboagye believes most of the broken down buses can be fixed to complement their operations.
Speaking to Staff of the Metro Mass Transit Company in the Ashanti region after their demonstration, he said there are many pathetic issues at Metro Mass which need to be addressed.
”The more you continue with the demonstration, more revenue is lost and more commuters are also left stranded,” he noted.
“What I have observed as Roads and Transport Committee member in parliament is that what has caused this is improper communication, because to be honest with you Metro Mass is making no profits for government making it’s financing very difficult but that doesn’t mean workers should not be paid well or faulty buses and equipment should be left to rot,” he stated.
“So I feel that we have to pay attention and solve these problemss, particularly, here in Kumasi we still don’t know who the manager is as there is always trouble between two parties fighting over the same position,” he stressed.
Hon. Daniel Okyem Aboagye therefore appealed to the MMT workers to exercise patience as they are putting measures in place to find a lasting solution to their grievances.
Source: otecfmghana.com/Kwaku Anane Jr.