Guatemalan heavy transport strike effects economy

After a series of failed meetings with authorities from the municipality of Guatemala, heavy cargo truck drivers started a strike on 27 October 2016 to protest new restrictions governing hours these vehicles could move through the area (La Prensa). El Periodico reported that losses due to the strike could reach US$60 million. The municipality passed an agreement to limit the hours heavy transport trucks could pass through the city, and members of the Gremial de Transporte Pesado y Pilotos de Carga gave 24 hour notice that they would go on strike if the new restrictions were not overturned (Emisoras Unidas) However, Municipal Spokesman Carlos Sandoval reiterated the municipality’s decision to go ahead with the changes, in spite of union warnings. La Prensa reported over 20,000 trucks went on strike on 27 October 2016 and Sindicato de Transportistas Pesados de Guatemala Secretary General Rony Mendoza said the strike would continue until an agreement could be reached with the government.