Tanker Drivers Commence Sit-Down Strike Over Poor Working Conditions

Tanker Drivers Commence Sit-Down Strike Over Poor Working Conditions

  • Tanker drivers have commenced a sit-down strike over poor working conditions and low salaries
  • They say the National Petroleum Authority has failed to act on an agreed policy framework that would improve their conditions
  • The drivers say they will not resume their operations till NPA meets their demands

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Tanker drivers nationwide have declared an indefinite sit-down strike action.

The Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union announced the strike to demand improved service conditions.

Tanker Drivers Commence Sit-Down Strike Over Poor Working Conditions
Tanker drivers say they will commence work after NPA has fulfilled their part of the bargain.
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The drivers blame the National Petroleum Authority's inaction on an agreed-upon policy framework geared toward increasing their salaries and improving working conditions.

The policy framework formulated in November 2023 has remained untouched despite the drivers' attempts to get the NPA board to vote on and approve it.

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The drivers also stated that a petition sent to the President concerning the same matter has not been responded to.

The drivers said they can no longer tolerate the NPA’s inaction at the expense of their deteriorating livelihoods.

They have decided to halt operations to protest what they describe as the NPA's injustice against them.

They said they would not move their vehicles until the policy framework was approved.

“We cannot suffer, and the rest will enjoy, and so long as they resist approving the framework, we will not resume work,” the group's Vice President, Sunday Alabi, told Citi FM on May 21, 2024.

Tema Port truck driver strike

Tema Port truck drivers have commenced a sit-down strike today, May 6, 2024.

In a press release announcing their strike action, they stated that they have been facing multiple challenges that have made their work at the port hazardous if they are not addressed immediately.

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According to the truck drivers, they have been facing an increase in armed robbery attacks and harassment by uniformed personnel, and several drivers have suffered unlawful detention and abuse at the port.

They have called on the Ghana port authorities to address their concerns immediately.

Till then, the truck drivers have served notice that no truck will be operational at the Tema port.

They had announced plans to hold a press conference at the JAPTU Ghana Secretariat at the Tema Port to clarify their stance.

Seven die in accident involving tanker

YEN.com.gh reported that seven persons have died in a road accident on the Amasaman-Nsawam road in the Greater Accra Region.

The accident occurred on Monday, February 5, 2024, when a tanker crashed into a commercial minibus, a Trotro.

This led to the death of seven of the ten passengers onboard.

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Speaking to Adomonline.com, an eyewitness said the tanker's brakes failed, leading to the crash.

Proofread by Berlinda Entsie, journalist and copy editor at YEN.com.gh

Source: YEN.com.gh

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