HC moved to stop strike by LPG transport owners

The Madras High Court has been moved to restrain Southern Region Bulk LPG Transport Owners’ Association to stop the illegal strike scheduled to be held from July 1 and place their tanker lorries in terms of the contract entered between the transporters and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) at all the locations in the Southern Region.
HC moved to stop strike by LPG transport owners

Chennai

IOCL in its plea submitted that as per tender conditions and agreement signed by the individual transporters with the Corporation, transporters should not resort to strike which is illegal, as the contract has already been given to these transporters for running their trucks.

While the transporters are obligated to operate the contract executed and there is no individual grievance, the association is trying to put pressure on IOCL by forcing a strike to induct additional contractors/trucks, the plea said.

Furthermore, if the transporters are aggrieved that the terms of the tender are arbitrary or unlawful, they are free to invoke the appropriate legal remedies including that of approaching this Court. But they are resorting to illegal means of pressure tactics by calling a strike in breach of the Transport Contract, the plea added.

IOCL noted that the Petitioner despite several requests to refrain themselves from the aforesaid unlawful activity, Southern Region Bulk LPG Transport Owners’ not only continued it, but also instigated other transporters of bulk LPG from loading their tank lorries at the locations of IOCL in a bid to disrupt the chain andcause financial loss.

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