Jeepney Strike on Monday, September 19, 2011: Piston warns to declare a holiday

By on Sep 15, 2011 in Announcement, Asia, Current Events Comments

Piston Secretary General George San Mateo
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Manila, Philippines – Local jeepney operators and drivers groups in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Socsargen, Caraga, Sorsogon, Bacolod and Cebu that are allied with the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) will not ply their routes from 12:01 a.m. to 5 p.m. (local time) on Monday, September 19.

According to local news sites on Thursday, the jeepney strike will dramatize their opposition to the Oil Deregulation Law and the looming imposition of value added tax on toll.

As noted in reports, Piston Secretary General George San Mateo is not satisfied with the government’s way in dealing with the concerns of public transport operators and drivers.

“There is no reason for us not to pursue with our plans. Despite the dialogue at the Palace, what we got from the government are non-substantial and indefinite answers to our concerns,” San Mateo said.

San Mateo apparently advised commuters to stay at home if they don’t have any urgent and pressing errands so as not to be inconvenienced by the strike.

He also allegedly called on the government and private companies to declare Monday as a holiday so that students, government employees and private employees won’t get stranded in the middle of the strike.

Thursday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Palace did not expect Piston to go ahead with the strike after having a dialogue with the government officials led by President Benigno S. Aquino III last Wednesday.

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