Railway workers strike

Workers at the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) have vowed to stay off the job until they are paid outstanding salaries owed to them by the agency.

Their union, the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), said the workers have not been paid for a second consecutive fortnight.

Third vice president of the UAWU, Garfield Harvey, said workers employed to the JRC have had to be contending with non-payment of wages since 2010.

He said the workers are frustrated and will not resume normal operations until they are paid.

He claimed the JRC has been having financial difficulties because the government has not been injecting any capital into the JRC despite announcing plans to reinstate the passenger rail service.

In the meantime, contacted last night Transport and Works Minister, Mike Henry, said he could not comment on the non-payment of wages, but said he was aware of the capital needs of the JRC.
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