In support of Chong, Geddes
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am appalled by the recent reports of the impasse between RUBiS and local gasolene retailers. The rapacious behaviour of this multinational is unbecoming and smacks of bias and impunity. When will we hold these large corporations accountable for their dishonourable actions against our local workforce? How many people must be sent home jobless and pensionless?
Building a business is a tremendous job. The goodwill that is created over years of dealing with customers is something that cannot be easily replicated. How are the builders of this goodwill repaid or reimbursed?
Would RUBiS explain how it determines which contracts to terminate and which ones to keep? Both the Manor Park and Water Lane stations have been growing in profitability over the years under the leadership of Geddes and Chong, respectively. What, then, is the deciding factor to bring a contract to an end?
I know that there are three sides to every story, and contracts have a variety of clauses. However, one is in the business to make money. Based on what I have seen and experienced, both stations have been running quite profitably. The customer service at both are good, and the management team seems to operate efficiently.
Why is it that RUBiS can unilaterally decide, without any dialogue or negotiation, to then terminate service station contracts? With one month’s notice at that!
The whole situation is unfair and creates an even more negative image of RUBiS. Get your act together! We may just be a Third-World nation, but we have First-World talent and skills here. Don’t abuse or take advantage of them!