Monday, March 14, 2011

Transport strike begins

MINIBUS operators and taxi operators started their protest in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew this morning.

The members, who are representative of Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), last week warned that starting today they would be taking to the streets in protest against the failure of transport officials to meet with them to address several concerns.
"We need to stand up for our rights," said one operator at the transport hub this morning.

The group started gathering at 10:00 am but the movement is facing some resistance from organisation members who still want to operate as normal.

"Work we a work,” said one driver, indicating that he was not a part of the strike.

Operators planned to pull their buses from several routes in Portmore and the Kingston and Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).

Under what is dubbed as 'Black Monday', the operators said they will be staging a peaceful protest in Half-Way-Tree while wearing items of black clothing to register their dissatisfaction.

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