Oil Tankers Affiliation delays strike, to hold talks with govt on July 20

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KARACHI: The Oil Tankers Association took back its call for a strike on Friday, after the Petroleum Division assured them their demands would be conveyed to the relevant government departments.

Members of the Oil Tankers Association on Thursday had announced to discontinue fuel supply across the country to protest against the increase in income and toll taxes.

However, on Friday, the Petroleum Division assured the Oil Tankers Association their demands would be heard. The association, after hearing this, had announced its decision to postpone its strike and said it would meet officials from the division on July 20.

Shoaib Ashraf, a representative of the Oil Tankers and Contractors Association had said the strike would continue until their demands are met.

“Government has invited us for a meeting on Monday, and we hope that the issues are to be resolved,” Ashraf said reported The News.

However, he added that fuel was still available at the stations. “Regular dispatch would be restored once we reach an understanding with the authorities,” he said.

In a written statement, the association said the strike would not be called off on mere commitments by the authorities. “We are going to Islamabad, but the strike would continue unless the government agrees to resolve our issues in writing,” they said.

Khan added that it seemed the authorities were not serious in resolving the issue as there had been no dialogue with the stakeholders.

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