STORY: The Cargo Truckers Solidarity union has protested soaring fuel prices and demanded minimum pay guarantees. Four rounds of negotiations with the government have failed to find a compromise. About 30% of the union were striking on Monday, according to a transport ministry estimate.
The government has urged the truckers to return to work, but said it would seek to reflect their demands in the legislative process and keep trying to end the strife through dialogue.
The strike, now in its seventh day, has cost key industrial sectors more than $1.2 billion in lost production and unfulfilled deliveries, the government estimated on Monday, as the damage spreads deeper throughout the economy.