Petrol pump dealers call off Friday’s strike
New Delhi: Petrol pump dealers today called off their proposed day-long strike on Friday after state-owned oil firms warned them of strict action, including cancelling their contracts.
Various associations of petrol pump dealers had called the 24-hour strike against new Marketing Discipline Guidelines which impose stringent penalties for short-selling, operating automated pumps in manual mode without authorization, non- provision of clean toilet and not paying minimum wages to employees.
“The director marketing of the three oil companies had appealed to us not to go on strike and so we are withdrawing the strike on their appeal,” said Ajay Bansal, President of All India Petroleum Dealers Association.
The United Petroleum Front, an umbrella organisation for the Federation of All-India Petroleum Traders, the All-India Petroleum Dealers Association and the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers, had also threatened indefinite stoppage of purchase and sale operations from October 27.
While the oil companies did appeal for calling off the strike, they also warned petrol pump operators of strict action, including facing the prospect of cancellation of dealership contract.
Sanjiv Singh, Chairman of Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, yesterday stated that the strike call was totally unjustified as the oil firms have accepted all demands and raised dealers commission only a few weeks ago.