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JGRA and Energy Ministry officials to meet today

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 9:27 AM

Representatives of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) and the Energy Ministry are to meet today to discuss strike plans by petroleum dealers who are upset with petroleum marketing company RUBiS Energy Jamaica.

JGRA members yesterday voted to withdraw their services over what they say is the unfair treatment of a former St Ann dealer.

Association president, Phillip Chong, says the protest could happen within the next seven days.

JGRA members are upset that RUBis took over a St Ann service station without notice and ousted the former dealer and her staff.

Chong his members will not allow this.


He says the former dealer was informed by the marketing company last year that the location was being closed for renovation and that she would be reinstated after the completion.

However, the JGRA president says the takeover was hostile and the dealer was not adequately compensated.

RUBiS last evening rejected claims by the JGRA as inaccurate, defamatory and misleading.

RUBiS’s CEO Alain Carreau says the dealer was informed in July last year of the decision to end the contract after contractual negotiations failed.

Carreau says at no time did RUBiS approach the situation with hostility, adding that in a show of good faith, the company retained former staff who indicated their interest to return. 

He said the company has dealt with the matter, and will continue to do so in private, and lawfully through good business practice and principles.