Esso sta­tion back in busi­ness

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ESSO GAS STA­TION in Black Rock, St Michael, is up and run­ning af­ter its clo­sure caused anx­i­ety among some work­ers who feared they would lose their jobs ear­lier this month.

At that time, Ezra Prescod, gen­eral man­ager of SOL, the li­censed dis­trib­u­tor of Esso in Bar­ba­dos, said it had been closed for es­sen­tial main­te­nance.

He ex­plained that while the em­ploy­ees were not SOL work­ers, the oil com­pany still made an ef­fort to meet with them and guar­an­tee their sev­er­ance pay.

He also noted at the time, the new fran­chise holder had com­mit­ted to in­ter­view­ing ex­ist­ing work­ers to see who he could re­hire.

A visit to the Esso sta­tion ear­lier this week re­vealed that the vast ma­jor­ity of staff were not those from the pre­vi­ous own­er­ship. Some were re­ported to have re­ceived their sev­er­ance and oth­ers ab­sorbed at other Esso sta­tions around the is­land.

The work­ers’ bone of con­tention was that they were given just a week’s no­tice the busi­ness would be clos­ing.

Ef­forts to reach Prescod, or the sta­tion’s new op­er­a­tors, were un­suc­cess­ful. (AD)

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