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Meetings underway to end workers' strike at KFTL

Ricardo Valentine, President of the Port Trailer Haulage Association and Barry Dawes, General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress
 
Meetings are continuing in a bid to end a protest which has crippled operations at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited. 
 
Barry Dawes, General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, says workers are protesting the alleged actions of the management during wage negotiations.
 
Ricardo Valentine, President of the Port Trailer Haulage Association, says the protest has created a logistical nightmare for truckers. 
 
"We have to position our units, we have to allocate workers, we have to make arrangements with consignees, with their importers; so when we do not deliver today, it creates a big problem for us in terms of when we next deliver because we would have already designated trucks to do other operations the following working day," he outlined. 
 
Mr. Valentine said some truckers are still at the wharf hoping they can get some shipments out today.
 
He said they are awaiting word from the meeting. 
 
There have been mounting concerns that the industrial action by wharf employees at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited could result in a massive pileup of cargo. 
 
All categories of workers represented by the Trade Union Congress walked off the job Friday morning to protest, among other things, the alleged actions of the management of KFTL during wage negotiations, the latest being on Thursday.
 
Professor Gordon Shirley, President of the Port Authority of Jamaica, has been mediating between the Trade Union Congress and the management of Kingston Freeport Terminal.
 


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