Petroleum Tanker Drivers threaten strike

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Tanker drivers, under the aegis of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), have threatened to withdraw services of their members if the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) fails to negotiate the renewal of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for new working conditions for them.

In a communiqué issued at the weekend after its executive council’s meeting, the fuel tanker drivers threatened to disrupt fuel supply by going on a strike if the government fails to enforce the compulsory installation of safety valves in all petroleum trucks to protect the inflammable contents of the trucks from spilling over in a situation of road mishaps.

PTD, in the communiqué signed by its National Chairman, Mr. Salmon Akanni Oladiti, however, issued a 14-day ultimatum to NARTO to initiate new conditions of service for petroleum tanker drivers with effect from March 27.

The drivers also urged the federal government to ensure that the installation of safety valve is made mandatory in all petroleum trucks with effect from May 1, 2021.

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