Report by: Ishmael Barfi
To drum home their concerns grievances, liquefied Petroleum Gas Tanker Drivers have begun a sit-down strike until their grievances are addressed by government.
To them, resuming work would be after their long standing grievances are attended to and resolved.
Stating their grievances at a press conference in the Tema industrial area,Accra on Friday, 4th March, 2022, the National Chairman of Tankers Drivers Union, George Nyaunu explained that the ban on the construction of new LPG facilities about five years ago by government has locked up huge investments by the owners of the facilities, hence making it difficult to pay drivers.
Revealing that, two of the owners of the facilities have passed away because of the ban on the new LPG facilities and the locked up of their investments.
Tanker drivers he lamented have tolerated promise and assurance for far too without any positive resolution, hence taken the decision to embark on a sit-down strike.
Mr. George Nyaunu used the occasion to demand He with immediate effect the review of the working condition of tanker drivers in especially their salaries and working conditions.
“We demand an immediate lifting of the ban on construction of LPG stations by LPG owners……we don’t know why these stations have been lying down”, he charged.
He further indicated that, owners of these facilities are been chased by banks they took loan from to invest into these facilities and this he said is worrying and disturbing, leading then to their graves.
Unfair treatment of petroleum tanker drivers by BOST and National Petroleum Authority (NPA) he said is affecting their pockets.
In coming days, drivers who transport diesel and petrol according to Mr Nyaunu, would be compelled to join the strike if government fails to address their grievances.
Taking his turn to address the press, the Chairman of Gas Tanker Drivers Union, Shafiu Mohammed threw his weight and support to the sit-down strike and would not resume work until their issues are resolved.
Prior to the press briefing, information reaching www.thenewindepemdentonline.com stated that, efforts where made by NPA and BOST at the last hour to call of the press briefing but yielded no result.