Strike split

A plan by bus and taxi operators to withdraw their services islandwide on Monday, to force the Government to grant a traffic ticket amnesty, failed to gain unanimous support with many drivers and conductors turning out for work as usual.

But some of who refused to fall in line with their protesting colleagues found themselves victims of verbal and physical abuse in some areas, while scores of commuters were left stranded.

Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, and St Mary were the parishes seemingly most affected by the strike while commuters in St Elizabeth, Manchester, St Thomas, and most western parishes were less affected.

At the end of the day, a tough-talking minister with responsibility for information Robert Morgan said the Cabinet would not bow to the demands of the transport operators while a belligerent head of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services Egeton Newman said they would not relent until the Government bows.

See the Jamaica Observer team’s coverage:

Gov’t won’t bow to pressure from the lawless — Morgan

No revenue increase for JUTC despite taxi strike

Newman condemns lawless behaviour as Gov’t rejects amnesty call

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