Tanker crew, contractors reach deal on wages after a three-hour meeting

On Thursday, a major fuel crisis in Malabar during Easter week was averted after the district administration brokered peace between tanker lorry workers and their contractors over a long-simmering dispute for revised wage structure.

“If the supply had stopped, the entire Malabar area would have been in deep crisis. We decided to call an urgent meeting, despite it being a holiday. Both the workers’ trade unions and contractors’ association were requested to attend in public interest,” Additional District Magistrate (ADM) K. P. Ramadevi told The Hindu.