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RUBiS mediation meeting postponed

Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Today's planned mediation meeting between Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell and a management team from RUBiS, a France-based petroleum-marketing company, has been postponed to next week.

The Gleaner has been advised that this is because Paulwell had to make an emergency trip abroad to attend to urgent government business.

The minister is mediating a dispute between RUBiS and the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA), which contends that the marketing company is imposing unfair business practices on its members who are dealers for the brand.

RUBiS had agreed to delay imposing the new measures pending the outcome of today's meeting and the JGRA had also put on hold its planned protest action for the same reason.

JGRA President Leonard Green told The Gleaner yesterday he had not been officially advised of the postponement, but the dealers were willing to await the outcome of the discussions.

"We are pretty much in holding mode and the dealers are not objecting to the delay. They do not feel it is adverse to their present situation, so the delay is accommodated by the JGRA."

christopher.serju@gleanerjm.com