Saturday, September 10, 2005

Transport Strike Monday

Nationwide transport strike on Monday planned

Clarissa Batino
Inquirer News Service

AT LEAST two transport groups are holding a nationwide transport strike on Monday to protest the continuous increase in the prices of oil products and to press for the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Mar Garvida of the transport group Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (United Association of Drivers and Operators Nationwide, Piston) said they would also protest the imposition of the expanded value-added tax on fuel.

The Philippine Confederation of Drivers and Operators-Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (PCDO-ACTO) transport group will also be joining the strike, he added.

Garvida said Piston has 250,000 members nationwide.

The group has a strong presence in northern Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, and Pampanga.