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Trotro drivers’ strike bites: Passengers stranded; Uber, Bolt, Yango demand up

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Some of the stranded passengers being forced by a mob of striking trotro drivers to get down from the bucket of a pickup

A nationwide sit-down strike by commercial drivers today, Monday, 6 December 2021, has led to thousands of commuters getting stranded.

The drivers are striking to force the government to reduce the price of fuel, which has consistently soared since the beginning of the year.

A few commercial drivers who broke ranks with their unions were seen being harassed and prevented from moving by their fellow striking colleagues who have turned themselves into a strike enforcement mob.

A mob of striking drivers were seen on the Ablekuma-Lapaz stretch in Accra massing up and mounting blockades in the middle of the road to prevent their other colleagues from working.

The working drivers are forcibly stopped and every passenger disembarked by the mob.

As a result, schoolchildren, parents, nurses, market women, and people of all walks of life, were seen trekking long distances to various destinations.

A few of them were lucky to be given lifts by private drivers.

Taxi-hailing apps like Uber, Bolt and Yango are cashing in on the strike as demand for their services has shot up.

Commuters are, thus, having to pay more than they usually would have.

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