LPG marketers call off strike

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Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) marketers in Ghana have called off their strike which started on Monday August 1.

According to them, the government through the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has listened to the concerns they had which resulted in the industrial action and has resolved almost all the issues.

The Vice Chair of the LPG Marketers Association, Gabriel Kumi said at a press conference on Thursday August 4 that “Through the support of our driver union and our retailers association, we decided to embark on a strike action that began on Monday. Fortunately, the government heeded to our call and yesterday, we received a communications from the NPA that cabinet, at its meeting yesterday, had lifted the ban on construction of LPG stations across the country.

“We met this morning to deliberate on the letter the NPA issued. Our requests, based on which we went on strike were three; first, our drivers complained of we not paying them well. When we met them this morning, we have assured them that we are going to work very seriously to improve on the salaries.

“The second request, that is the lifting of the ban on construction had been granted by cabinet as at yesterday. The third request which is the harassment of drivers as a result of a new tracking device that has been introduced into the system that is creating a lot of confusion that has led to about 76 drivers losing their lives is still outstanding and unresolved.

“Fortunately for us, there is a meeting tomorrow to try and resolve these and other issues, we will be at the meeting with the drivers to sit with NPA and the Ministry of Energy to amicably resolve that pending issue. Looking at the response of government, we the LPG marketing companies and the retailers have decided to that we call off the strike.”

The LPG Marketers Association joined the Ghana National Tanker Drivers Association’s strike which began on Monday.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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