Our strike will continue, Nicaraguan transport leaders say

Nicaraguan transport leaders shrugged off a government offer of a fuel subsidy and vowed to continue their strike.

Monday, May 12, 2008

At a meeting with the industry's leaders, Transport minister Fernando Martínez said it would take US$95 million to meet their demands. But – to hoots of derision – he made clear that the funds would have to come from the government rather than the Venezuelan-led Boliviarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA).
Martínez said the government had already used US$150 million of ALBA funds to subsidize electricity.

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Nicaragua: Stoppage worsens

May 2008

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.

Thousands of citizens who wanted to avoid problems be arriving in Managua early to start work were stymied by buses blocking the streets.

Bus strike moves up a gear in Nicaragua

May 2008

Bus companies in Nicaragua stepped up their protest over the government's refusal to allow fare increases. Firms that cover routes toward the north and center of the country withdrew their services and leaders of the movement said no buses would be available in Managua within a matter of hours.

Orlando Núñez, an adviser to the government on social policies, said he backed the protests.

Guatemalan bus companies call off threat to strike

May 2008

Guatemalan bus companies have dropped their threat to go on strike May 30 to press for higher fares. Instead they agreed to hold talks with the government.

A spokesman for the bus companies said they would continue to charge current fares while negotiations continue with the authorities.

Salvadorean carriers could stop work again

April 2008

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.

Transport association leaders left a meeting with Public Works Minister Jorge Nieto this morning after failing to reach agreement.

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