El Salvador seeks agreement on bus fares
El Salvador's public works minister, Jorge Nieto, will try to find a solution today with representatives of various public transport companies that will end a crisis caused by high fuel prices.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The two sides were to continue a debate today aimed at negotiating an end to the problem caused by high petroleum prices and the bus companies' demand for higher fares.
Bus operators could launch a new stoppage later this week if they do not reach agreement with the government over fare increases and other measures.
Talks broke down between the El Salvador government and representatives of bus companies seeking higher fares to offset increases in fuel prices.
Only Managua's buses, a few taxis and a few inter-urban cooperatives are working. The beginnings of violence are being seen between transport workers who support the strike and those who still carry passengers.
A second increase in electricity tariffs programmed for the end of this month will bring to 50 percent the increase in bills paid by Honduran consumers.
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