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Tanker Drivers go on strike over poor condition of service

Starting today, 21st May 2024, the Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union has suspended operations in protest of their pay structure. They claim that their petition has been ignored by the authorities despite numerous attempts.

According to a report filed by Stephen Adzika on Breaking News with Nyakoh Aboronomah, the drivers’ in a 2017 meeting with the NPA, the President kindly instructed the NPA’s then-CEO, Mr. Hassan Tampuli, and the then-Minister of Energy, Hon. Boakye Agyarko, to promptly address and resolve their concerns. Unfortunately, the President’s directive was not carried out.

The issue resurfaced in 2023 under the leadership of Mattew Opoku Prempeh and Dr. Mustapha Hamid, following a string of threats and strike actions by its members. However, despite patient efforts and concerted efforts, the implementation hit a rough patch with the appointment of new board members of oil marketing companies who have refused to approve their salaries.

After the services expired, the Union declared that it will pursue legal action against the NPA.

A committee on the terms of employment for drivers and drivers’ assistance was established by the National Petroleum Authority, according to the Union.

In a news conference, Union National Chairman George Nyaunu announced that the organization is suspending operations until the NPA board has approved the introduction of their pay structure.

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