Public transport operators go on strike in Woldya town, strikes in Oromia town continue unabated

ESAT News (March 02, 2016)

Drivers and owners of public transport buses operating from the town of Woldya and covering several towns in northern Ethiopia went on strike on Wednesday. The strike in this northern Ethiopia town came the day after resumption of taxi services in the capital Addis Ababa after a two day strike.

A representative of the drivers told ESAT on the phone that the strike was a protest against the new punitive law that imposes sever penalties on drivers and against an outrageously high prices of gas in the nation even at a time when crude oil prices were going down in the international market.

Sources told ESAT that operatives of the regime in power and security personnel were harassing those who went on strike. The sources also revealed that there were indications that public transport operators in Bahi Dar and Debre Tabor could soon go on a strike.

Reports also indicated that the strikes in several towns in the Oromia region of Ethiopia is still continuing.