Tanker truck drivers begin an arms strike over poor working conditions

  • Tanker truck drivers began a sit-down strike over poor working conditions and low wages.
  • They say the National Petroleum Authority has not acted within an agreed policy framework that would improve their conditions.
  • The drivers say they will not resume operations until the NPA meets their demands.

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Tanker drivers across the country have declared an indefinite strike.

The Ghana National Union of Oil Tanker Drivers announced the strike to demand better conditions of service.

Tanker truck drivers begin an arms strike over poor working conditions
The tanker drivers say they will start work once the NPA has fulfilled its end of the deal.
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Drivers blame the National Petroleum Authority’s inaction on an agreed policy framework aimed at increasing their wages and improving working conditions.

The political framework formulated in November 2023 has remained intact despite the drivers’ attempts to get it voted on and approved by the NPA board.

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

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

They have decided to stop 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 as long as they resist approving the framework, we will not resume work,” the group’s vice-chairman Sunday Alabi told Citi FM on May 21, 2024.

Tema port truckers strike

Truckers at the port of Tema have started a sit-down strike today, May 6, 2024.

In a press release announcing their strike, they stated that they have faced multiple challenges that have made their work at the port dangerous if not addressed immediately.

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According to truckers, they have faced an increase in armed robbery attacks and harassment by uniformed personnel, and several truckers have suffered illegal detention and abuse at the port.

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

Until then, truckers have advised that no trucks will be operational at the Tema port.

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

Seven people die in tanker accident

YEN.com.gh reported that seven people 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 truck collided with a commercial minibus, a Trotro.

This caused the death of seven of the ten passengers on board.

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Speaking to Adomonline.com, a witness said the truck’s brakes failed, causing the accident.

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

Source: YEN.com.gh