Tanker drivers declare indefinite strike over poor conditions of service


Members of the Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union have initiated an indefinite sit-down strike, calling for better working conditions.

The drivers highlight that a policy framework aimed at improving their salaries and overall working conditions has been awaiting approval from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Board since November 2023.

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Despite repeated attempts, the NPA Board has not approved the policy.

Sunday Alabi, the Vice President of the Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, stated that they have appealed to the presidency for intervention but have not yet received a response.

He stressed that the strike will persist until the framework is approved.

“We wrote a petition to the Presidency last week to have the framework approved but we have not heard anything yet and that is why we are embarking on the sit-down strike because the livelihood of our drivers is so bad.

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“Just like the saying goes, ‘electricity no get leg, ebe copper wire wey dey carry am go,’ the petroleum downstream sector does not have leg, it is the tanker drivers that carry it and so we cannot be suffering and the rest will be enjoying and so long as they resist approving the framework, we will not resume work,” Mr. Alabi told Citi News.

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