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Tanker drivers threaten strike amid dispute between colleague and Unipet

By Prince Moore 

There could be disruptions in the distribution of petroleum if an issue between the management of Unipet Petroleum Limited and a tanker driver is not settled.

The Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) says tanker drivers could take industrial action next Tuesday if one of their colleagues is not allowed back on the job.

UCASE President Vincent Morrison says the employee has been laid off since August last year following an incident in Mandeville, Manchester. 

"He had a trainee driver with him. The driver was unloading at the gas station in Mandeville. There was some leakage but that was cleared up immediately. It wasn't Gregory Brown’s fault. The trainee who actually committed the act, he’s now fully employed, and Mr. Brown has been out since August," Mr. Morrison lamented, calling the situation ridiculous and unfair.   

He said the union has failed in its attempts to reach a settlement with the management of Unipet Petroleum Limited.

The union has written to Labour Minister Karl Samuda, advising him of the issue.