We’II not call off the strike despite the lifting of the ban on the construction of new LPG stations lifted after five years
Members of the Gas Tanker Drivers and Petrol Tanker Unions have hinted that they will not call off the sit-down strike despite the decision by the government to lift the ban it imposed in 2017 on the construction of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations.
The Association among other things declared the strike over what they termed as poor working conditions and unfair treatment of drivers by BOST and NPA which stems from the continuous ban on LPG Stations under construction since 2017.
“We intend to embark on a sit-down strike. They have failed to give us tangible reasons for the ban on LPG stations under construction.”
The drivers declared a sit-down strike on March 4, 2022, for its members who cart LPG products across the country over a similar reason, saying the situation had affected remuneration and other conditions of service.
The government through a cabinet decision lifted the ban but the Association says it will not lift the ban because the concerns they raised have not been addressed.
Chairman of the Association Chairman Clement Ampadu, speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm, revealed they would be meeting with the Energy Minister and officials from the NPA to discuss concerns they raised.
The outcome of the meeting, he posited, will inform their decision to either continue with the strike or call it off.
He indicated that after the ban was lifted, they met with gas stations and admonished them to start operations.
”However, if the gas finish, Ghanaians would have to brace themselves for the shortage they will suffer./ If we meet with the Minister and officials of the NPA and we are not satisfied, then we will not call off the strike. We will intensify the strike if the issues are not addressed,” he added.