16 Apr 2010

Transport strike engulfs Ivory Coast

A transport strike, which began on Monday in protest against rising fuel prices, poses a threat to cocoa exports from the top grower nation as beans are routinely trucked in from plantations to port for shipment.
Taxi and bus drivers have progressively stepped up strike action in the commercial centre Abidjan since Monday, as transport unions demand the government cuts diesel and petrol prices by 30 percent.
"Yesterday no one called us to talk, so we are continuing the strike today," said Yacouba Diakite, head of the transport union. "As long as the price of fuel does not fall, we will continue the strike."

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