Haitian teachers stage strike

EFE News Service, Hoover’s Online, January 16, 2003 3:04pm

Port-au-Prince, Jan 16 (EFE)—Haitian elementary and middle school teachers began a 48-hour strike Thursday to protest the rising cost of living, a day after they returned to work from another two-day walkout called by transportation unions.

Haitian workers say they are being strangled by rising fuel prices.

Fuel prices have increased 60-70 percent as a result of the strike that has partially paralyzed Venezuela’s oil industry.

Rising fuel prices have in turn driven up the cost of many essential goods in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas.

The transport workers strike was not widely observed and affected few businesses.