Central American Truckers Threaten Strike

The main freight union of Central America has issued an ultimatum to the government of El Salvador to modify the collection of the new tax levied at customs offices.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Representatives of these unions which integrate the Central American Council of Transport have given a deadline of May 31 to amend this charge, otherwise on that date, if Congress has not amended the law which created the new tax, the truckers will go on strike for an undefined period causing heavy losses to Central American companies.

They might even go on strike next Thursday if the deputy Lorena Peña does not receive the union. "Tomorrow morning (today) is the time limit to see if they will make an effort. If there is not a discussion about it, we're going to strike on Thursday," said Raul Alfaro, president of the Salvadoran Association of International Freight Carriers (ASTIC).

"If they say that there is willingness to resolve this, we will give them two plenary sessions (two weeks) to change this law," said Alfaro. "I think two weeks is enough to analyze the issue and change the law. It is not more than one line," he added.

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