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Gov't intervenes in row at Kingston Freeport Terminal

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 12:38 PMRomario Scott
Ministry of Economic Growth Creation Horace Chang. - File Photo

At a press conference this morning at Jamaica House, Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth Creation Horace Chang said the Government and frustrated truckers have worked out a formula for preventing the issues which led to the strike by truckers. 

Among the items listed under the agreement, a copy of which was obtained by The Gleaner, is that there will be a minimum of six straddle carriers available at normal hours with an increase to eight during peak hours. 

The parties also agreed they would convene more frequent meetings and work towards achieving a 45 minute turnaround time during peak periods. 

Chang told the media briefing this morning that the issues at the Kingston Freeport Terminal are a result of the implementation of the new system at the terminal and a breakdown in communication among the stakeholders.  

He promised there would be improved communication going forward, even as he admitted that the full implementation of the system would take some time to be completed.