Tanker Drivers Call Off Indefinite Sit-Down Strike As NPA Agrees To New Framework

Tanker Drivers Call Off Indefinite Sit-Down Strike As NPA Agrees To New Framework

  • Tanker drivers have called off their indefinite sit-down strike action over poor conditions of service
  • The drivers say following their action, the NPA has finally voted on and approved the new framework to improve conditions of service
  • The new framework is expected to be implemented by the end of June 2024

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The Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union has called off its sit-down strike action.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, the union declared an indefinite sit-down strike over poor service conditions.

Tanker Drivers Call Off Indefinite Sit-Down Strike
The drivers were demanding better conditions of service.
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The drivers blamed 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.

They said they could no longer tolerate the NPA's inaction at the expense of their deteriorating livelihoods, leading to the declaration of the strike action.

However, following a meeting with relevant stakeholders, the tanker drivers have called off their strike.

In a communique announcing the new development, they stated that the NPA board finally voted on and approved the framework to improve their remuneration.

The communique added that the implementation of the framework would commence in June 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.

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