Traders end strike to continue talks
The Dominican Traders Federation (FDC) said yesterday, Wednesday 5 February that 99% of the businesses affiliated to the entity closed their doors in support of the commercial strike to demand that the government extend the deadline for the installation of the fiscal (tax) printers in businesses. The official deadline was 31 December. After declaring the day of protest a success and stating that the closure of close to 100,000 businesses all over the country “meant a loss to the state of RD$1.5 billion pesos,” FDC president Ivan Garcia announced the suspension of the continuation of the strike, which had been called for 48 hours. The idea is to provide a cooling-off period and “allow for an opportunity for negotiation,” with the Executive Branch.
He announced that they would hold a national meeting of traders next week, which he hopes will “report to them and to the country that we have reached a satisfactory agreement.” In the capital, businesses on Duarte Avenue and in Villa Consuelo, as well as Herrera were 70% to 90% closed in accordance with the 48-hour strike call by the FDC. The strike was in demand of the postponement of the deadline for the installation of the tax printers by the businesses and for the government to revoke the ITBIS (sales tax) increase from 8% to 11%. At the Mercado Nuevo in Villas Agricolas, about 90% of trading stopped during the early hours of the morning, with the exception of small-scale fruits and vegetables sellers, who said that they were out looking “for their daily bread,” while saying that they supported the strike.
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