Economy may be grounded as tanker drivers set for strike on Monday

Nigerians be in for another round of fuel scarcity, which will affect its economy, if members of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) carry out their threat to embark on strike tomorrow (Monday).

The PTD, an arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) it has had enough of promises, and wants action on issues over its members’ welfare.

NUPENG in a communiqué issued at the end of its Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting held in Lagos, said the strike action had to be called to draw government’s, as well as other stakeholders’ attention to a member of issues affecting its members, which action had been promised, but not fulfilled.

NUPENG’s President, Igwe Achese, who made the announcement explained that the unresolved issues include bad roads, poor remuneration, insecurity and alleged excesses of some security agencies.

According to the drivers, also, several complaints regarding poor salaries, poor sleeping quarters for drivers and insecurity on the highways, among others, had not been addressed.

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Achese said, “The CWC-in-Session considered inhumane, the refusal of the National Association of Road Transport Owners to commence negotiation with the union for the renewal of the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement on the working conditions of our tanker drivers in PTD Branch after several appeals and even ultimatum.”

He continued, “To avert the pains and discomfort the action might cause, the CWC-in-Session calls on the federal government to urgently intervene and apprehend the unfortunate situation to enable NARTO meet its obligations to tanker drivers”.

The tanker drivers lamented that several appeals to the National Association of Road Transport Owners to start the process of renewing a collective bargaining agreement on working conditions for all drivers, have gone unanswered.

The union also called on the National Assembly to urgently pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which it said will help tackle prevailing corruption plaguing the oil sector.

They also called for the commercialisation of the operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of refineries.

The union however assured Nigerians that it resist any attempt to increase the pump price of petrol.

 

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