From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi
The assertion by the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, that the Black man is capable of managing his own affairs, seems to have been challenged by livid employees of the moribund Metro Mass Transit (MMT) in the Ashanti Region, who have embarked on an industrial strike.
They are advocating the comeback of their old German boss (an expatriate) to run the company as it was during the erstwhile Kufuor administration.
They have questioned and chastised the managerial skills of the black race, saying Ghanaians have run down MMT, which used to be a great company, and, therefore, called for new faces, preferably a white personality, at the helm of affairs.
According to the aggrieved workers, during the era of former President Agyekum Kufuor, the MMT was doing so well that they received their salaries in the middle of the month, but when the reins of government changed, things have fallen apart.
They argued that the MMT leadership is weak and does not listen to their pleas in the face of the indiscriminate dismissal of workers.
The enraged workers argued that the authorities have stopped patronising German DAF buses, which were brought in by former President Kufuor, and have rather resorted to less quality ones like Daewoo and Hanghai, which are less durable and frequently conking out, making work difficult for them.
They have unequivocally asked President Akufo-Addo to sack Mr. Adu Boaheng, Managing Director of MMT, as soon as practicable.
On a working visit to the dusty terminal of MMT at Abrepo Junction, near the former Neoplan Assembly Plant, The Chronicle observed that passengers were stranded, as the workers, largely drivers, had laid down their tools in an industrial strike.
The Chronicle observed that a large number of coaches had broken down and were at the vagaries of the weather.
About 30 buses, which are in good condition, were all parked, with the drivers standing in groups and conversing.
Mini buses such as Mercedes sprinters have taken advantage of the strike and are cashing in on the availability of passengers who have been waiting for hours.
One of the drivers told The Chronicle, on condition of anonymity, that the management was setting up a team, known as mystery team, to oversee activities such as ticketing and the performance of drivers.
However, any time a complaint is lodged, management would dismiss it, resulting in a court action against the company.
The enraged driver also disclosed to The Chronicle that since 2017, they have not had their out of station and sleeping allowances of GH¢40 and GH¢10 respectively paid to them.
He revealed that their Tier Two Pension allowance, which MMT deducts from their salaries, do not go to the appropriate office, and that for the past three years their Provident Fund, which falls under Tier Three, has not been paid by their employers.
Meanwhile, the authorities at MMT were tightlipped when The Chronicle approached them about the grievances of the workers.