Wed, 08 Jan 2003

Drivers in Bekasi go on strike

BEKASI: At least 100 drivers of public transportation vehicles plying the Bekasi to Cikarang route staged on Tuesday a mass strike to urge the government to revoke the recent hike in fuel prices, especially diesel fuel.

"We also call on the Bekasi municipality to issue a regulation for a fares increase for public transportation vehicles," Pardede, a driver, told Antara.

The strike was peaceful and caused no traffic congestion as the protesters parked their vehicles on an unused plot of land near the Bulog office in Tambun, Bekasi. However, it left many passengers stranded.

"I was late reaching my office as no public transport went to Cikarang. Only some motorcycle taxis are available," said Eni, an employee of a private company in Lippo Cikarang.--JP