MoBay Metro resumes work with limited service

Friday, September 14, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Montego Bay Metro Company Limited (MoBay Metro) has managed to resume services in a limited capacity, despite industrial action by drivers and conductors on September 8.

Last week hundreds of commuters, including students going back to school, were left stranded after employees withdrew their services over a raft of issues, severely disrupting back-to-school commuting.

According to a release from the Ministry of Transport and Mining, the workers are claiming parity with the Jamaican Urban Transit Company (JUTC) due to inconsistencies in salary with the JUTC.
General Manager, Leighton Williams, and other Managers from Mo-Bay Metro have extended themselves to provide services to the public with specific focus on students, the ministry said.

“A total of six schools are being targeted, namely Knockalva High, Anchovy High, Ruseas High, William Knibb High, Spot Valley High, and Hopewell High in the Evenings. The services have been well received by parents and teachers who have expressed commendations to the company,” the release said.

It is expected to continue until the issues being faced are resolved.

The transport ministry said it has since intervened, requesting a submission of an analysis of the claim from the company to present to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
The ministry said it continues to monitor the situation and work to find workable solutions for all.

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