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.
The bus companies are asking the Executive to increase fares between five and ten American cents for urban transit buses, and to put a cap on diesel prices of between two dollars and 2.50.
The companies have threatened a work stoppage for Wednesday if no agreement is reached today.

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