Tanker drivers threaten to down tools


The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers of Nigeria (NUPENG) have threatened to withdraw their services in the next two weeks if their demands are not met.

The tanker drivers, at the end of their Executive Council meeting, held in Ibadan yesterday warned that should their employer’s body, Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), failed to negotiate the renewal of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for new working conditions for the petrol tanker drivers, they would withdraw their services nationwide.

In a communique signed by its Chairman Salmon Akanni Oladiti, the union said: “The branch will no longer be able to guarantee the continued service of our members in the petroleum products distribution across the country if a new condition of service for PTDs is not provided for in the next fourteen days with effect from today.”

The PTD members of NUPENG said the expiring collective bargain agreement had been in operation for the past six years even when the country has been experiencing a spiral inflationary trend that is further complicated by COVID-19 pandemic.

“The council in session expressed deep worries that PTDs have been going through harrowing financial situations even while rendering selfless national services, to ensure delivery of petrol products to homes and factories in every nook and cranny of this country, day and nights, in good and bad weather and on highly deplorable highways,” the communique read.

The chairman said the union has resolved to direct its members to withdraw their services if the installation of safety valve is not made mandatory in petroleum trucks from May 1 2021, because members of the union are usually the first casualties in any fire incidents involving petroleum trucks.


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