The cooperative of independent bus drivers/operators known as ASCOMINS operating out of El Salvador, including whether or not the cooperative had or currently has links with the FMLN (1990-1999) [SLV30988.E]

No reports of a cooperative of independent bus drivers/operators known as ASCOMINS could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Please note that a 29 October 1990 U.P.I. article reports a country wide bus strike in El Salvador. The article states that "although the FMLN has some support among workers, small businessmen such as bus and gasoline station owners have not traditionally supported them."

The Europa World Yearbook 1998 reports that some unions such as the bus owners are affiliated to the Federación Nacional de Empresas Pequeñas Salvadoreñas3/4FENAPES, the association of small businesses (1998, 1247). Despite many attempts, the Research Directorate was unable to contact FENAPES' office in San Salvador with the telephone number provided by a San Salvador directory assistance operator. The operator also stated in a 19 January 1999 enquiry, that there is no listing for a cooperative named ASCOMINS in San Salvador.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones3/4ANTEL, San Salvador. 19 January 1999. Enquiry with the directory assistance operator.

UPI. 29 October 1990. Daniel Alder. "Salvadoran Gas Stations Close, Bus Drivers Strike." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights 1994. 1995. International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Brussels: ICFTU.

Centroamerica [Minneapolis]. 1998.

Latin America Regional Reports: Caribbean and Central America Report [London]. 1998.

Latin America Weekly Report [London].1998.

Trade Unions of the World 1989 - 1990. 2nd ed.Essex: Longman Group UK.

Electronic Sources: IRB Databases, Global News Bank, Internet, REFWORLD, WNC, ICFTU Website.