Salvadorean carriers could stop work again

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.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Transport association leaders left a meeting with Public Works Minister Jorge Nieto this morning after failing to reach agreement.
Representatives of the Association of Salvadorean Bus Owners, the Salvadorean Chamber of the Transport Industry, and the Salvadorean Corporation of Transport Companies said they would not back down on their call for a fare increase. They also want the government to cap the price of diesel fuel at between three and four dollars a gallon.
The bus owners will meet with government officials again tomorrow, but said if no agreement is reached then, they will call a meeting of their members on Wednesday, which could be followed by a new work stoppage.
Nieto said a fare increase is possible but holding the line on fuel prices is not feasible.

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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.

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Talks break down in Salvador transport dispute

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Talks broke down between the El Salvador government and representatives of bus companies seeking higher fares to offset increases in fuel prices.

After three days of talks, Jorge Nieto, the public works minister, proposed an increase of 5 US cents on the current standard fare of 25 cents.

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.

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