Nicaragua: Stoppage worsens

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.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Thousands of citizens who wanted to avoid problems be arriving in Managua early to start work were stymied by buses blocking the streets.
Protest leaders are threatening that the strike will be complete as of today.
In some locations on the Masaya-Managua highway, drivers parked their buses right on the highway, reducing the lanes available for passing through.
The transport workes are protesting the government's refusal to meet with them to discuss ways to deal with high and rising fuel costs.

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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.

Public transport back to normal in Nicaragua

May 2008

Public transport returned to normal in Nicaragua after two weeks of strikes, just as gasoline prices rose by a record US$1.30 a liter.

Buses, cargo trucks and taxis went back to work at the weekend in response to the government's proposal to cut diesel prices by US$1.30 a gallon (3.8 liters).

El Salvador seeks agreement on bus fares

April 2008

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.

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.

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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