Indian Oil Corporation has been asking customers not to tip the delivery personnel bringing their LPG cylinders, but the workers say these tips often make their wages as the IOC has not been ensuring that they get proper salary.
On Monday, cylinder delivery personnel who work for various Indane distributors in Madurai Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) gathered at the IOC office at Tallakulam to meet officials with a series of grievances. However, as the officials were unavailable, they submitted their petition to the district collector. There are 4,000 authorised delivery men in Madurai.
Tamil Nadu LPG Cylinders Delivery Men’s trade union general secretary R Ganesh said there were over 1.50 lakh authorised delivery personnel and another one lakh people unauthorised in the system throughout Tamil Nadu. It is specified that they should be given a monthly salary of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 by the Petroleum Corporation, but only 1% of LPG distributors provided such salaries.
“A cash and carrier commission of Rs 27.60 is included in the cylinder price which has to be given to the delivery men, but this is never given by the agencies,’’ he said. Now the announcement by the corporation that delivery men should not be tipped has been making them look like thieves.
However, he said that in reality these men relied on this cash for their daily needs, including to buy fuel for the vehicles they use to deliver the cylinders, he said.