Angry fuel tanker drivers threaten sit-down strike
Fuel tanker drivers across the country have been directed by their mother association, the Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union not to move any of their trucks effective Monday, October 19, 2020.
THUNDER NEWS gathered that unless the government put in place contingency measures, the prices of petroleum products might move up, affecting commodity prices like food and livestock.
The association, in a letter, said all the drivers must, however, report to their respective loading gantries.
“We are informing all tanker drivers across the country that on Monday, 19th October 2020, no driver should move a truck but report to their various loading gantries at Tema for Union Offices, Takoradi, Buipe, Kumasi respectively,” the letter from the association said.
It is unclear the reason for the directive but, according to a Citi News report monitored by The Thunder Gh News, the association will organize a press briefing later today to give details about the decision.
In September 2020, tanker drivers operating at the Buipe depot in the Savannah Region declared an indefinite strike over the refusal of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) management to fix malfunctioning loading meters at the depot.
Months earlier, the drivers kicked against the implementation of the new Electronic Cargo Tracking System by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
The Electronic Cargo Tracking System and the National Command Centre from the National Petroleum Authority was launched in Accra in January 2020 to improve the efficiency of NPA in the monitoring of Bulk Roads Vehicles nationwide and also check illicit activities associated with the transportation of petroleum products across the country.
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