Fuel Scarcity Looms As Tanker Drivers Begin Strike Monday
Fuel may become a scarce commodity from Monday.
This is because Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) will commence a nationwide strike on Monday.
PTD is an arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG)
NUPENG’s President, Mr Igwe Achese, announced that PTD will be embarking on the strike, in a signed communique on Friday in Lagos, at the end of its Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting held at the union’s secretariat in Yaba.
According to the communique, the strike was to let the federal government know that the union was fed up with the poor welfare of its members including bad roads, poor remuneration, insecurity and alleged harassment by some security agencies.
“The CWC-in-Session considers inhumane, the refusal of the National Association of Transport Owners (NARTO) to commence negotiation with the union for the renewal of the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on the working conditions of our Tanker Driver members in the PTD branch, after several appeals and even an ultimatum.
“The CWC-in-Session, therefore, resolves to give full backing to any industrial action the members in this sector might decide to take with effect from Monday, April 3, 2017.
“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 communique said.