GRA Workers’ Union Questions Bawumia for Remarks Regarding Tax Collection

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Regarding comments made about the strategies used by the Ghana money Authority (GRA) to mobilise money, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has come under intense bombardment from the Organised Labour of the Ghana Revenue Authority Workers’ Union.

Dr. Bawumia expressed concerns on the purported use of tax collection by GRA employees as a justification for harassing firms during a meeting with the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In response, the Organised Labour called Dr. Bawumia’s remarks “unfortunate” and saw it as a dig to the hard work of GRA employees in a statement dated Friday, March 22, 2024.

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“We would like to state unequivocally that, we the workers of GRA find this statement unfortunate and consider it as an attack on the efforts of the hard-working staff of the Authority which if not discontinued, would incur the displeasure of workers, disrupt revenue collection efforts and breed industrial disharmony.”They issued a warning, claiming that such remarks would exacerbate industrial unrest, impede tax collection, and increase worker unhappiness.

The organisation also asked the Vice President to either accept the tremendous progress that GRA has done or to stop saying things that disparage their efforts.

Given his position as the leader of the Economic Management Team and his knowledge of the goals the government had set for the Authority through the Ministry of Finance, they drew attention to the inconsistency in Dr. Bawumia’s position

“It is strange that the Vice President, who also doubles as the Head of the Economic Management Team could suggest that the Authority gives itself unrealistic targets while he is well aware that annual targets are assigned to the Authority by the government through the Ministry of Finance.

“Indeed, the least we expect from the Vice President, if he would not appreciate the efforts of the Authority in raising Tax Revenue, is not to put the lives of our hardworking staff at risk with such unfortunate comments

Organised Labour called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to discuss the matter with his Vice President, highlighting the possible harm that the Vice President’s remarks could cause to future tax mobilisation.

“We also call on the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the GRA Board, Civil Society organizations and all well-meaning Ghanaians to admonish political functionaries to desist from making such pronouncements and intervene swiftly as this statement poses a major risk to revenue mobilization efforts going forward.”.

Source: Citinews

 

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