Texaco gas station dealers have withdrawn their services to protest what they say is the unfair treatment meted out to three of their colleagues by GB Energy, the local operator of the Texaco brand in Jamaica.
The lease agreements of the three operators have not been renewed by GB Energy and the dealers say they are taking strike action as a show of solidarity with the three operators.
President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailer’s Association, Derrick Thompson, says the withdrawal of service began at 6 o’ clock this morning and will continue until Tuesday afternoon.
Thompson says Texaco gas station dealers are upset that after almost two months of discussions with GB Energy, there has been no positive feedback.
He says the association wants the company to compensate the three
The three Texaco dealers were given a 30-day notice last November to vacate their premises by December 31.
The JGRA president laments that these dealers have been doing business with Texaco for decades and should have been given first right of refusal.
Thompson says given their years of service, the dealers deserve a payment of goodwill.
He says the dealers will meet at the end of the two days of protest to determine what follow-up action they will take.
Meanwhile, the JGRA president has repeated a call for GB Energy to settle on the lease agreements for the 25 Texaco dealers by the end of the month instead of the February 28 deadline.
GB Energy has declined to comment on the ongoing dispute.
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