Public won't be impaired by tanker drivers protest
The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA) says it does not expect the public to be impaired by today’s planned protest action by tanker drivers.
The National Workers’ Union had warned that if new haulage rates were not introduced by yesterday the tanker drivers would resort to protest action today.
Head of the JGRA, Derick Thompson, says the protest will have an impact on several of the association’s members.
He notes that gas stations do not usually get deliveries on Mondays, therefore, today would be the first opportunity to stock up on fuel before the refinery, Petrojam, closes tomorrow.
However, Thompson says the JGRA understands the reason for the action by the tanker drivers.
He says based on the information he has, not all gas stations will be affected by the protest.
Last week, junior energy minister, Julian Robinson, held informal talks with stakeholders in the petroleum industry in a bid to avert a strike.
In January, the drivers went on strike to force the marketing companies to pay higher rates to haulage contractors, so that they could get an increase.
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