Jamaica downplays pilot strike

A limited strike by Jamaica's harbor pilots, who are protesting a government tax on their traveling allowance, is not affecting tourism, according to Jamaican officials. Marine pilots launched their strike late last month, refusing to guide any ships other than cruise ships in and out of the island's ports. A spokesman for Premier Cruises, which home ports in Montego Bay, said the line has suffered no disruptions as a result of the strike. The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association said none of its member lines that call at Jamaica have reported disruptions.

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