Transport groups will hold a nationwide strike again on Monday, February 27, in protest of the government’s plan to phaseout old passenger jeepneys, a television report said on Saturday February 25.
Led by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) and No to Jeepney Phase out Coalition, the strike is expected to affect the commuters in Cagayan Valley, Baguio, Metro Manila, Laguna, Bicol, Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Negros Island, Cebu, Leyte, Northern Mindanao and General Santos, the report said.
The groups called on the government to amend the modernization program instead of removing the old passenger jeepneys.
“Ginagawa namin ito para makapag protesta kami sa gobyerno dahil ang nakataya po sa usapin dito hindi lang po yung kabuhayan ng mga drayber at operator kung hindi yung future din ng masasakyan niyong affordable na sasakyan,” Piston National President, George San Mateo said in a television report.
(We are doing this to denounce the government. It’s not only about the livelihood of the drivers and the operators, but also the future of commuters to use affordable vehicles)
Last Feb. 6, the group already conducted a strike which affected parts of Metro Manila.
The strike led to the of work and classes in colleges and universities in Manila.