Fabian Demicoli

Gas Distributors and GRTU Ready For Action

 After months of negotiations GRTU is still without a decision on the new system for gas cylinders distribution in the districts. Government issued a draft law amendment for consultation. The system approved by the Fair Competition Office – a distribution system selling gas cylinders of all suppliers, today, Liquigas (green or yellow) and Easygas (grey) is acceptable to GRTU but not to the suppliers who prefer a free reign irrespective to the negative impact on the livelihood of the gas distributors. For them the gas distributors and their families and their employees and their families are not worth considering.

 

What the Government is proposing is a system where distributors may use one truck or separate trucks with one set of gas cylinders from each supplier on the same truck. Or else use two separate trucks with different gas cylinders on each truck thus enabling different suppliers' customer schemes to be sold independently. Government, however, continues to dither and in the meantime the two suppliers are now on the road with their own trucks in direct competition with the traditional distributors. A situation of complete comedy. All this to the great anger of all distributors and their employees. This is a case of bureaucratic incompetence.

GRTU has now decided to call a hold to this unending issue. Distributors have been directed to go on public protest and other truck owners GRTU members are meeting to agree to support this gas distributor's action. The cargo haulers have already agreed to give their support to the gas distributors' public protest.

Other section committees will be meeting in the next few days. It is long since there have been so much anger at GRTU. The issue is one: Government's complete inability to decide on what is essentially a relatively minor issue.

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