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Mini protest at RUBIS—Employees out of work come September 30

by: - September 16, 2022
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A mini protest action by employees of Rubis West Indies Limited is currently ongoing at the entrance of the Rubis compound in Canefield.

This mini protest follows the announcement of the suspension of fuel sales to its customers this week.

The suspension of fuel sales follows significant financial losses incurred since entering Dominica in 2011 and which have accrued at an even greater pace for the past six years.

The employees have been advised that their employment with Rubis will end on September 30, 2022.

One employee of Rubis, Mr. Heskeith Delsol who operates as a driver, told Vibes Radio that the protest is one for survival.

The Government of Dominica earlier stated that it would implement measures to keep fuel prices under control as the global price of oil continues to rise.

The Government said it would subsidize the cost of petroleum to reduce the impact on residents and avert a possible slow-down in economic growth prospects.

When asked about the efforts of the government to subsidize the cost of petroleum, Delsol said “nothing has been done”.

He also said Rubis is willing to continue serving its customers “only if the government can amend the profitability structure of fuel sales”.

An employee of RUBIS, Mr. Heskeith Delsol.

Another employee who wished to remain anonymous, also expressed his concerns regarding the situation and said a lot needs to be done from the government standpoint.

An employee of Rubis.

The company said it will continue to engage the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business and Export Development to seek the implementation of a regulated pricing structure that would reflect the true cost of importing fuels into Dominica and would generate a reasonable return on the fuel distribution investments in the country.

As previously mentioned, RUBIS says it will resume fuel sales when such a price structure is implemented.