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Work stoppage at Isla Mujeres Ultramar leaves hundreds stranded

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Hundreds were affected Wednesday when Ultramar employees stopped work due to unpaid wages. The work stoppage began first thing in the morning and continued throughout the day as lines lengthened and people were left stranded at both the Cancun and Isla Mujeres terminals for more than five hours.

Isla Mujeres mayor Juan Carrillo asked islanders to take precautions due to the inconveniences caused by the strike carried out by Ultramar workers. I clarify that, “it is an internal issue of the company that is affecting mobility with the mainland (from Isla Mujeres),” he said.

“It is important to highlight that cooperatives are already organized and supporting the crossing of personnel and citizens, and as a government, we will be attentive so that the issue is resolved as soon as possible,” he added.

As lines lengthened, several cooperative boatmen began offering crossing services for 150 peso per person as an alternative to get people moving while Ultramar worked out its employee issues.

Workers demanded payment of the distribution of profits corresponding to the fiscal year of 2019, as well as the normalization of their income, which was reduced to minimum wage due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

After more than five hours of work stoppage, Ultramar project director José Sacre announced that the problems had been resolved and ferry service was restored.

On December 15, the company had announced that it would increase its runs from Gran Puerto to Isla Mujeres and vice versa to meet passenger demand.