The Petroleum Dealers’ Association (PDA) has decided to refrain from placing orders for the distribution of fuel from today due to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) decision to reduce 45% of the commission paid for their operational charges.
The co-secretary of the association, Kapila Naotunna, told the Daily Mirror that the commission paid by the CPC for the purchase of fuel had been paid on non refundable basis.
Accordingly, we will stop placing orders from 8.00 am. Therefore there will be no fuel distribution and it would lead to a fuel shortage at CPC filling stations from tomorrow.
“The date for reducing the 45% commission had originally been fixed for October 1. Subsequent to a discussion with senior officials of the CPC, they had been given an assurance to refrain from reducing the commission. However they had suddenly begun reducing 45% of the commission paid to fuel stations from yesterday(3),” he said.
Therefore, the PDA will not be placing orders orders for fuel commencing from tomorrow, he said.
The trade union action is to continue till such time the CPC decides to revoke their decision, Naotunna added.
As per the Minister Kanchana Wijesekera there will be no disruption to the distribution of fuel. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
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