Cocoa Carriers Reject 20 Pesewas Increment In Payment For A Bag Of Cocoa Carried
Cocoa Carriers across the country on the Thursday 6th January 2022 rejected a proposal by the management of Cocoa Marketing Company and Ghana Cocoa Board to increase the pay for carrying a bag of cocoa from 62 pesewas to 82 pesewas. This led to inconclusive hours of disagreements between the parties at an emergency
meeting in Tema in the Greater Accra region. According to the cocoa carriers who numbered about 5000, the current amount of 62 pesewas being paid for carrying a bag of cocoa is also willfully inadequate looking at the nature of work. Speaking to the media also after the meeting, Chairman of the Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi
Cocoa Carriers Abobiga Raymond Atinga said the strike will continue until an agreement is reached in improving the service condition of workers. We are not accepting the 82 pesewas and will not go back to work if the 1cedi is not given to us. We are saying this because cost of transportation has gone up, rent has gone up, utility bills and living conditions are up but they continue to pay as
meager amount of money for the work done. Situation when prolonged is likely to cause a break in export of cocoa to the world market for the next couple of weeks and consequently affect earnings from the commodity. The Cocoa Haulers early this week commenced the indefinite strike to press on their demand for a better service condition and an increase in carried price for a bag of cocoa.