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Agreement ends Metro bus strike

The accord was reached early this morning between drivers and the government.

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Representatives of the government and the union representing Metro bus drivers signed an agreement early this morning ending a work stoppage.

The meeting started at 8 p.m. Thursday and lasted until the early hours of this morning. It was held at the Presidency of the Republic. Representing the government were Minister of Labor Luis Ernesto Carles and Minister of the Presidency Álvaro Alemán. Metro bus operator Mi Bus was not involved in the discussions.

Union leader Antenor Guadamuz reported that the main agreement reached is that the government will recognize the employment benefits of all workers, since it will son be taking over operation of the system.

Yesterday, operators explained that they did not want labor continuity, but rather compensation that guaranteed their benefits after the government takes over the system.

Guadamuz said that once this process is completed, audits will be done of Mi Bus finances since the drivers have lodged complaints over unpaid overtime claims.

The agreement will benefit 4,050 workers.

"What matters is that we have a document in black and white," he said.

The union ordered its drivers to return to work at 5 a.m. and service is expected to be normal today after being suspended yesterday afternoon.

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