30% of students absent today per drivers strike in Asunción, Paraguay

Posted on July 5, 2011 • Filed under: Labor Issues, Paraguay, Social Issues, TRAVEL

The public transportation drivers strike taking place in Asunción, Paraguay today has already caused huge delays for commuters and street blockages, and has now become the reason 30% of all public school children in the city were unable to attend school today, according to abc.com.py. The Department of Education has been dealing with an unusually high number of absences so far this winter due to cold temperatures and flu outbreaks, and was prepared for the transit strike. The Deputy Education Minister announced a more flexible schedule today for students and teachers, but absences were still high. Drivers will be meeting with government officials early this evening to try another round of negotiations, hopefully ending the strike.
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