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Tanker drivers threaten disruption, new haulage rates still pending

Published:Friday | February 28, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor – Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The National Workers’ Union (NWU) is insisting there will be disruption in the petroleum sector should a dispute over haulage rates not be implemented by Monday.




Vincent Morrison of the NWU says tanker drivers are frustrated that new haulage rates have not been implemented despite an agreement between haulage contractors and petroleum marketing companies over a month ago.



In January, tanker drivers went on strike to force the marketing companies to pay higher rates to haulage contractors, so they in turn could get an increase.



However, Morrison says the increases are yet to be implemented by some marketing companies and he says normality cannot be guaranteed come Monday.



Morrison says the union stands ready to hold talks with the relevant parties on the matter over the weekend.



In the meantime, junior minister in the energy ministry, Julian Robinson, says he has been holding informal talks with stakeholders in the petroleum industry in a bid to avert a strike.



Robinson says there is not much more that the energy ministry can do as an agreement has already been reached on the matter.



He is urging the marketing companies to implement the rates agreed on.



Robinson also says the government has taken the lead in implementing new rates.



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