Aayalolo drivers on strike over unpaid arrears

By Maame Aba Afful
'Aayalolo drivers' on strike over unpaid arrears
'Aayalolo drivers' on strike over unpaid arrears

Drivers of the Aayalolo transport system are embarking on a sit-down strike over the inability of the management to pay salary arrears.

 The drivers who have refused to work until the issue is resolved, say they have not received their salaries for the past five months despite assurances given them by the management of the transport service.

The spokesperson for the Amasaman terminal drivers, Promise K. Homegah, speaking in an interview said: "how do you expect us to be driving these long buses on empty stomachs?"

"The whole Aayalolo drivers are on strike. They keep on promising us but to no avail," he said, adding that they don't have a sound mind to drive the buses.

Passengers who sought to board the buses Tuesday morning at the various terminals including the Ofankor, Amasaman, Kasoa were redirected by the drivers to board private commercial vehicles since they were not ready to begin work.

Background

The Aayalolo transport service was launched on June 22, 2016, by former by President John Mahama as part of measures to ease the stress associated with public transport system in parts of Accra.

Currently, 58 buses out of about 245 imported into the country for the Quality Bus System (QBS) are being used on the Amasaman-Achimota-Tudu corridors.

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