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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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