GRA Customs Division On Sit Down Strike

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The Customs Division, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), yesterday embarked on a sit down strike.

The officials are unhappy that officers who participated and passed the promotion examinations have still not been upgraded, despite available vacancies.

The situation has compelled them to lay down their tools at some sensitive collection points across the country.

Speaking to the media, an aggrieved Customs Officer at the Kotoka International Airport, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said after more than 30 years in the service, he has not been promoted although he qualified.

“I was brought into Customs, November 1988 just after my A-Level national service. I have worked for 34 years [and] should have gone through about 15 or more promotions. This is because we are supposed to be promoted every four to five years. I entered as a junior officer, I motivated myself and went into the university and got my first degree in 2000; yet, I haven’t reached the level of my colleagues in the army,” he complained.

Sources say all measures including filing a Right to Information (RTI) request, all in the bid to ensure their promotion, have proved futile.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, has held a crunch meeting with some senior officers to call off their sit-down strike.

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