Owners and workers of petrol stations, oil tankers and trucks have warned, that they will go on an indefinite strike from Oct 30 if their 12-point charter of requests are not met
Their demands involve raising in sales commission and a rollback of the increase in lease assessments.
Md Nazmul Hoque, the convener of Bangladesh Petrol Pump and Tank-Lorry Owners-Workers Unity Council, has advised the government to satisfy their demands within the next 10 days.
At a press conference on Wednesday, he announced: “We call upon the government to meet its promises and meet our requests within the next 10 days. Otherwise, all the petrol stations across the country will go on indefinite strike from 6 am on Oct 30.”
The leader asserted that the State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources has not come up with a resolution to their issues despite repeated petitions. The previous strikes, he said, did not yield any returns.
Nazmul also declared that the state minister had failed them severely.
“The strike would cause inconvenience to public but it has been called to press for our demands,” he added.
The leaders announced that the petrol stations had been set up on lands obtained on lease from Roads and Highways Department.
Therefore regular hikes in lease charges were “absurd,” Nazmul disputed and called on the government to repeal them.
Member Secretary of the council Akter Hossain, Bangladesh Tank Lorry Workers Federation President Md Shahjahan, Bangladesh Petrol Pump Owners Association Secretary General Mizanur Rahman Ratan was present at the conference.
Total 5,600 petrol stations of the country abstained from selling fuel while tankers and lorries ceased transportation or supply of fuel during the council’s preceding strike on Aug 28.
The strike was proclaimed at a press conference held on Aug 20 where the leaders claimed that the authorities had previously promised to fulfill their demands within three months.
They also alleged that the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources had continued to remain silent notwithstanding issuing three letters.
Although the cost for operating a fuel station has moved up in past few years, owners of petrol pumps are still receiving commission as per rates established in 2011.