NCOPT Says It Did Not Sanction Bus Strike

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The National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) has made it clear it did not sanction the bus drivers strike that began Monday morning.

The council says it has no written communique on what the issue may be.

It feels that once the issues are so articulated, the organisation and the Ministry of Transport will be available to discuss and bring a resolution to them.

The Southern Minibus Association initiated the strike on Monday and other bus drivers have since joined.

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“Any form of actions that are being taken in terms of the transportation sector you have to understand that you are affecting the lives of many,” NCOPT Fist Vice President, Kentry Frederick observed.

“The proper thing to do is to write,” Frederick explained.

He indicated once the grievances are documented, the NCOPT and the government would be clear on the matter.

“If you get up on an evening and say: ‘By next morning’, and you encourage persons not to work and even use the form of threats for persons not to work, it is not a good thing to do,” the NCOPT official declared.

“Whatever issues that have been there, NCOPT has always remained committed to addressing that,” Frederick told reporters.

He spoke following a meeting of the NCOPT executive.

The council also met with the government.

He said the council has had fruitful discussion with the government from March this year.

Frederick explained that it was not because of the protect action that the meetings were held for different reasons.

“It’s not just about money,” he asserted.

“We have to understand that this is a health pandemic and I am not into the health sector. What we are simply saying, whereas persons may want 15, 16, 18 passengers – this is not the issue. We are looking at safety for persons and not just money,” Frederick stated.

He noted that everyone has been affected by COVID-19.

At the same time, Frederick declared that drivers who want to are free to go on strike.

Headline photo caption: Kentry Frederick addressing reporters on Monday

 

 

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