Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Petrol pump dealers call off Oct 13 strike

Petrol pump dealers call off Oct 13 strike

All India Petroleum Dealers Association and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers and Federation of All India Petroleum Traders, made a decision to suspend the services throughout the nation in an meeting with the UPF which is considered as the umbrella organisation of all three nationwide organizations of petrol pump dealers.

Petrol pump dealers called off their proposed day-long strike on Friday after state-owned oil firms warned them of strict action, including cancelling their contracts. All their demands have already been considered and addressed.

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. We are not going to negotiate on the guidelines given out on October 2, "Indian Oil Director (Marketing) Balwinder Singh Canth told reporters here on the sidelines of the first CERAWEEK India Energy Forum". "These are for the benefit of the public", Canth said, adding "we still hope they won't go ahead with the strike". The dealers are also demanding for resolution of manpower issues, a new study of handling losses, and resolution of issues related to transportation and ethanol blending. The strike was called protesting against discrepancies in supply and demand to include petroleum products under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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.

The union is said to be opposing the amended OMCs marketing discipline guidelines.

According to the OMCs, certain dealers have managed to manipulate the vending machines at the petrol pumps that were sealed by Weights & Measure Department (W&MD) and cheat the consumers. But the OMCs countered it by saying it is a more efficient system.

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