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MoBay Metro workers return to work

Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 3:54 PM

Albert Ferguson, Gleaner Writer

Normal operations have resumed at the Montego Bay Metro Company, following two days of industrial action by more than 40 unionised workers who were complaining about differences in their wage and benefits package with their counterparts at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company.  

Kurt Fletcher, island supervisor at the National Workers Union, told The Gleaner that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) indicated that the terms for which the workers took action will be addressed.
"The officials from the JUTC called us yesterday (Tuesday) to indicate that the minister of transport and the permanent secretary are agreeing with the workers in terms of giving them parity," said Fletcher.
However, he warned that if the promise is not kept, the industrial action will resume.
"We expect that the word of the minister, through his officials, is something that we can rely on, but if there are any relay games on the commitment, then we will go back to where we were at the start of Monday morning," said Fletcher.
Scores of persons were left stranded on Monday after workers at the Montego Bay Metro Company went on strike to press their demands for pay and benefits adjustment to match those received by their JUTC counterparts in Kingston.

The bus operators also complained about having to drive defective vehicles.

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