The Association has instructed its members not to uplift any Petroleum products from the fuel depots until Government responds to its demands.
The drivers want Government to ban the movement of fuel tankers beyond 18 hours to be effected.
And Energy Minister Dora Siliya has described the action by the drivers as tantamount to economic sabotage.
Ms. Siliya who met the Oil Marketing Companies today said Government appreciates the concerns of the drivers saying they are essential workers in the energy sector.
“We continue to be challenged by the strike action of the fuel tanker drivers. I humbly urge them to go back to loading fuel so that economic activities run smoothly. I met today with Oil Marketing Companies to ensure willing drivers load and deliver fuel safely,” Ms. Siliya said.
She added, “We appreciate some of the concerns raised by the drivers. However, Drivers are essential workers in the energy sector and we cannot condone economic sabotage especially when laid down communication procedures in a labour dispute are not followed.”
Ms. Siliya said the current strike is in fact as a result of one driver not following procedure while delivering fuel and refusing to follow lawful instructions.
“It has also become clear that some of the drivers requests are mixed with the tanker owners issues indicating collusion. I will meet with the fuel transporters tomorrow and will take the necessary action to normalise the situation. Your patience is most appreciated.”