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Tanker Drivers Announce Indefinite Strike Over Poor Working Conditions

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

The drivers claim that a policy framework designed to improve their salaries and other working conditions has been pending with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) board since November 2023.

Despite multiple attempts to secure its approval, the drivers allege that the NPA board has consistently refused to vote on the framework.

Sunday Alabi, Vice President of the Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, informed Citi News that they had sent a petition to the Presidency for the framework’s approval, but have yet to receive a response.

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Alabi stated that the strike would continue until the framework is approved.

“We sent a petition to the Presidency last week to have the framework approved, but we have not received any feedback yet. That is why we are embarking on this sit-down strike because our drivers’ livelihoods are in a dire state.

“As the saying goes, ‘electricity does not move on its own, it is carried by copper wire,’ similarly, the petroleum downstream sector relies on tanker drivers. We cannot continue to suffer while others enjoy the benefits. As long as they resist approving the framework, we will not resume work,” he asserted.

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