• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE HIT BY A TRANSPORT STRIKE IN ACCRA WHEN THE GHANAIAN CAPITAL FOUND ITSELF WITHOUT ITS 'TRO-TRO' DRIVERS.

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    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE HIT BY A TRANSPORT STRIKE IN ACCRA WHEN THE GHANAIAN CAPITAL FOUND ITSELF WITHOUT ITS 'TRO-TRO' DRIVERS. THEY DRIVE THE CONVERTED TRUCKS THAT ARE USED AS BUSES, AND THEY WERE PROTECTING AGAINST WHAT THEY SAID ARE THE HIGH PREMIUMS CHARGED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES.

    WORKERS, SCHOOL CHILDREN, SHOPPERS AND MARKET WOMEN FOUND THEMSELVES STRANDED. THE DEPOTS WERE JAMMED WITH IDLE PASSENGER TRUCKS, AND PEOPLE HAD TO PAY TAXI FARES TO GET TO WORK ON TIME. BUT IT WASN'T AS SIMPLE AS THAT ... ANGRY DRIVERS STOPPED SOME TAXIS AND FORCED PASSENGERS OUT. THE FOLLOWING DAY THE TAXI DRIVERS WENT ON STRIKE IN SYMPATHY.

    BUS STOPS WERE CROWDED WITH PEOPLE WAITING FOR PASSENGER TRUCKS. THE MAKOLA MARKET WAS HARD HIT, WITH TRADERS UNABLE TO REACH IT WITH THEIR WARES.

    LEADERS OF THE STRIKE LATER WENT TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE GHANA TRADES UNION CONGRESS TO MEET THE EXECUTIVE OF THEIR UNION. THE DEPUTY NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE PRIVATE ROAD AND TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION, MR. YAW NTOAH, MET THEM. THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, MR. J. TAWIAH KOTEI, ASSURED THE STRIKERS THAT THEIR GRIEVANCES WOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE AUTHORITIES.

    THE T.U.C. ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY, MR. J. OKO, ASKED THE DRIVERS TO GO BACK TO WORK AND SEND REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH DEPOT TO A MEETING WITH THE T.U.C. AND THE STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3HYMLG8JDCYYHLKYJXIVC8XA
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3HYMLG8JDCYYHLKYJXIVC8XA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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