30,000 Workers Strike

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - More than 30,000 truck
drivers in the Dominican Republic are staging a 24-hour strike to protest a government proposal to raise the fuel tax.
The shutdown that began Tuesday is expected to cause more than $16 million in losses for the Caribbean nation.
Union leader Blas Peralta says drivers for the National Dominican Transportation Federation move about 90 percent of the country's food, merchandise and fuel.
Strikers parked hundreds of trucks on a main avenue in the capital of Santo Domingo, but did not try to block traffic.
The government is debating whether to adjust the fuel tax upward every three months for inflation.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    Any Increase in Fuel Tax will be passed on to the consumer who will probably pay more than the actual tax rate increase.
  • by bobby Location: dothan on Aug 11, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    well i think they should go on strike caues if they dont they will raise the taxex and put over half of the truckers out of bus its not fair just to target the people that brings food from the fields to our stores they should just go ahead and tax cig every 3 mths instead
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