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UPDATE: Protesting St Thomas cabbies block road on working colleagues, CXC students continue to suffer

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2016 | 1:14 PM

Shanna Monteith, Gleaner Writer

The St Thomas police were left to clear roadblocks mounted along the Seaforth main road by taxi men in the parish today. 

The roadblocks were mounted after a disagreement between the taxi men who began protesting the deplorable road conditions in the parish on Monday.

Some taxi men who are continuing the protests were angered because some of their colleagues have gone back to work. 

The protestors used makeshift barriers to block the roads being used by their colleagues and demanded that they stay off the job until promised road work begins.


Protesting taxi operator in St Thomas

The taxi men also said they didn't prevent private vehicles from using the roads. 

However, president of the St Thomas taxi association Louis Milwood says he is disappointed by his colleagues who went back to work this morning.


President of the St Thomas Taxi Association, Louis Milwood

The National Works Agency has reportedly given a commitment to do temporary fixes on some of the St Thomas roads.

However, efforts to get comments from the NWA were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, classes scheduled for the evening shift were suspended at the Seaforth High School because of the continued protest action which has affected the ability of many students to get to the school.

Acting Principal of Seaforth High School, Calbert Thomas says his school had to host a CXC student of Morant Bay High and another from Camperdown High who couldn't make it to their schools in time for the morning exams.

Thomas also says the school's bus will continue to take students to school daily until the taxi men go back to work.