44 Bus Operators Go On Strike
Mini bus operators plying the #44 East Coast Route have today took strike action, calling for an increase in their fares, leaving several passengers and school children stranded along the route.
Operators from the Mahaica ,Ann’s Grove, Better Hope, Annandale, Lusignan and Mon Repos routes-are all part of the strike.
This they claim is as a result of the increase for fuel at local service stations over the last few days. The operators are saying once the price for fuel is reduced they will resume operations.
The mini-bus operators also argued that since 2004 they hadn’t a fare increase. The men are calling for as much $40 more on their fares.
However late yesterday afternoon Minister of Industry and Commerce Manniram Prashad said that passengers should not pay the increase fares since the gas prices have not passed the $1000 mark.
A check at one gas station today showed no sharp increases. At Texaco service station, gasoline is now $822 per gallon while diesel is $844 per gallon. One service dealer confirmed that the prices have increased just by$7. The operators said they will continue to strike until the Government addresses their concerns.