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'​Haulage contractors strike caused little disruption to gasolene retail trade'

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 1:23 PM
President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, Phillip Chong, says just a few service stations across the island reported that they ran out of fuel. - File

The strike by petroleum haulage contractors yesterday caused only minor disruption to the gasolene retail trade.

President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, Phillip Chong, says just a few service stations across the island reported that they ran out of fuel.

Speaking on Real Business this morning, Chong said haulage contractors have returned to work and service stations are now receiving supplies.

 

President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, Phillip Chong

Yesterday, uncertainty loomed as haulage contractors stopped delivering fuel to protest issues with union representation and other welfare matters relating to their terms of employment.

However, the Ministry of Labour intervened and quickly convened a meeting by late afternoon to broker an agreement.

The National Workers' Union (NWU) told that meeting it had not initiated a strike and that it had nothing to do with yesterday's actions.

The union claimed it was initiated by a minority of truckers, hoping to change union representation and others were intimidated to stay away from work.

However, the NWU says any union looking to represent the haulage contractors should use the right procedures to do so.