Trucker Strike Alert- Puerto Rico

The Situation:

As of Thursday, most of the truckers in Puerto Rico continue to strike island-wide as negotiations between the island’s largest trucker union, Truckers Broad Front union, hit a stopping point on 20 July. Their demands for increased cargo rates were deemed out of compliance with the Commonwealth’s Fiscal Plan by the government appointed Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB). The president of the Truckers Broad Front union has said that the strike will continue “indefinitely” until an agreement is reached.

Puerto Rico imports 80% of its food.

Possible Effects:

• Possible protests or demonstrations

• Traffic delays due to strikes, demonstrations, and possible blocked roads, etc.

• Panic buying, particularly for gas and food.

• Delays in goods being delivered, especially perishables.

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

• Stock up on non-perishable foods, bottled water and/or water filters and other essentials

• Allow extra time to travel

• Practice social distancing or wear a mask when it cannot be maintained

• Monitor local and social media for updates

• Avoid any protests or demonstrations, which have the possibility of turning violent and may serve as a catalyst for Covid-19 spread

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