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Venezuelan transportation workers agree to end strike

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10:31, August 12, 2011

CARACAS, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan transportation workers agreed to end a strike starting on Thursday morning against poor security, a trade union leader said.

The National Federation of Transportation (Fedetransporte), a trade union representing transportation workers in the South American country, decided to end the protest after reaching a deal with the authorities, the union's President Erick Zuleta said.

Transportation workers walked out in cities of Valle del Tuy and Guarenas in the western Merida state and cities in the northern Vargas state, protesting the country's lack of security measures against robbery and other crimes plaguing transportation workers and passengers.

They also demanded fare subsidies for students.

Fedetransporte has reached an agreement with Transport and Communications Minister Francisco Garces, Zuleta said.

The workers will talk with Garces and Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami on Friday, he said.

The strike was called by trade union leaders who failed to reach an agreement with the authorities at a meeting on Wednesday.

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