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Gas stations fuel supply low, tanker drivers and haulage contractors to meet today

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Gas stations across the island are running out of fuel, as the strike by tanker drivers enters its second day.

President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, Derrick Thompson, says dealers started running out of fuel from yesterday afternoon.

He is attributing this partly to the rush by consumers to stock up on fuel and yesterday’s non-delivery.

Thompson says most members who still have fuel are expected to run out by later today.

No deliveries are expected today as Petrojam, the local refinery, does not open for business on Wednesdays.

The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers' Association has declared that it supports the calls by the tanker drivers for increased haulage rates.

Meanwhile, a meeting has been scheduled for 2 o’clock this afternoon, between the union representing restive tanker drivers and the Petroleum Haulage Contractors Association.

The approximately 200 drivers, who withdrew their services yesterday, are demanding that the petroleum marketing companies honour a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last year.

The National Workers’ Union (NWU) says the marketing companies failed to meet a January 1 deadline for the implementation of new haulage rates.

The union says the new rates would have allowed contractors to increase the wages and benefits of drivers.

NWU president Vincent Morrison says the strike action will continue despite the meeting.

The MoU was signed in December following two days of protest.


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