Petrol tankers begin nationwide indefinite strike over deplorable working conditions

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[PTD]–Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has commenced the envisaged nationwide indefinite strike today.

The PTD yesterday, directed members to begin nationwide indefinite strike and shut all loading depots and fuel terminals until further notice.

The workers are protesting over deplorable working condition, non-renewal of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, that expired three years ago, alleged harassment by security, especially Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.

They also want to use the strike to prevent the plans of Capital Oil Plc to declare 2000 members redundant due to its unresolved issue with Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC.

The National Chairman of PTD, Mr. Salimon Oladiti, while speaking to Vanguard, yesterday, said that there was no going back on the strike, adding that it will be a total shutdown as loading depots and fuel terminals nationwide will be shut down.

“There is no going back. The strike is definitely going ahead as planned and it will be total because all loading depots and fuel terminals will be shut down. We have fully mobilized and sensitized all members,”  he said.

It was  gathered government agencies and officials have been making efforts in the last 24 hours to abort the strike as they were making efforts to organize an emergency meeting today with the leaders of the union to find solutions to the crisis to prevent its implications on socio-economic activities of the nation and the citizens.

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