Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Petroleum dealers strike on October13

The United Petroleum Front, which is 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 earlier threatened that if their demands were not met soon, the dealers would indefinitely stop purchase and sale operations from October 27.

The oil companies appealed for calling off the strike and issued a warning to the dealers that if they don't adhere to the order, it will result in the cancellation of their respective dealerships.

Petrol pump dealers under the United Petrol front (UPF) who had made a decision to go on a day-long strike on October 13 to protest against the government over their demands not being fulfilled have now squared off the idea after state-owned oil firms warned them of stern action including cancellation of contracts if the strike happened.

Meanwhile, the petrol bunk owners in the Telugu states have extended their support to the strike call. This took the total dealer commission to Rs 3.50/L for petrol and Rs 2.10/L for diesel and Rs 45/cylinder of cooking gas.

BPCL's director S Ramesh said that if union does not think about customers and if the situation worsens, they will get in touch with state governments for their intervention. "Their demands are very unreasonable as nearly all their demands have been met and issues resolved".

"But if they've issues with new marketing discipline guidelines and the penalties for not implementing them, then all I can say is that only those flouting these norms need to worry". Balwinder Singh Canth, director of marketing, International Olympic Committee told FPJ, "There are some dealers who have told us that they will not part take in the strike as they feel the reason for strike is unreasonable".

"Our guidelines are in the interest of the consumer and we will not put public into inconvenience during this festive season", he said.

OMCs also allege they have been paying the dealers to offer basic minimum pay to the staffers at dealerships, but it is not being passed on to the staffers. Hoping that the strike may not happen, OMC officials said luckily hundreds of dealers are coming onto social media saying they are not joining the strike.

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