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Gas stations running low on fuel as truck drivers strike

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 6:26 PMJerome Reynolds

Several service stations across the island are reportedly low on fuel as petroleum truck drivers remain on strike.

Phillip Chong, President of the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers' Association (JGRA), says his members are concerned.

The JGRA represents more than half of the country’s 300 gas station operators.

Chong says at least two JGRA service members are on the verge of running out of fuel and the situation will become worse in the next two days if the drivers remain off the job.

 

JGRA president Phillip Chong

The JGRA president says the association is closely monitoring the situation and hopes that the matter will be resolved.  

The truck drivers withdrew their services this morning to express their dissatisfaction with several terms under which they are employed.

Among the contentious issues are the lack of health insurance and poor union representation.

In the meantime, the National Workers Union (NWU)has said it was unaware of the grouses and did not know about today’s strike.

Head of the NWU, Granville Valentine, says any other union wishing to represent the workers should follow the proper procedures to do so.

He says he has instructed truck drivers to return to work tomorrow.

Valentine claims many who stayed away today were intimidated into doing so.

He also says he expects normal delivery of gasoline Wednesday.

Representatives of the of Petroleum Haulage Contractors Association and the National Workers Union (NWU) were summoned to the Labour Ministry Tuesday as efforts were made to end the strike.