The Trades Union Congress (TUC), the West African nation’s largest coalition of workers’ syndicates, had called upon its roughly 500,000 members to hold protest marches and observe a one-day general strike.
Some 2,000 workers marched through the streets of the capital Accra while a just few hundred joined similar protests in other cities including Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale.
The demonstrations, which were meant to be the first nationwide protest since President John Dramani Mahama took office in January last year, had little impact on commercial activities.
“Times are very hard for the majority of citizens and we are calling for immediate action to halt the depreciation of the cedi and rising cost of living,” Kofi Asamoah, the TUC’s secretary-general, told demonstrators in Accra
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