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CHEC says Jamaican workers are threatening Chinese employees

Published:Wednesday | January 14, 2015 | 10:20 AM

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is accusing some of its Jamaican workers of threatening Chinese employees as work winds down on a section of the North South Highway.

The disclosure from CHEC, came in a statement yesterday in which the company chided some of its employees for the manner of their protests on Monday.

Workers yesterday resumed work after blocking a section of the North-South Highway in protest over anomalies in their wages Monday.

CHEC says the threats against Chinese workers come as fewer Jamaican workers are being employed to work on section 1B of the North-South Highway.

According to CHEC, that section is in its final stages, with 90 per cent of the work already completed.

The company says there is now tension on that leg of the project.

Meanwhile, CHEC says persons who have issues with it ought not to protest on the highway as the property belongs to the Jamaica North South Highway Company Ltd — a separate entity.

CHEC says Monday's protest was conducted on privately owned land.

It adds that members of both companies and government officials were allegedly disappointed that protestors chose to disrupt the operations of the Highway.

It says volatile behavior of this nature can discourage foreign companies from investing in Jamaica.

Meanwhile, the company says steps are being taken to improve the payment situation on the project site.

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