UASA Media Release: 30 November 2021
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
UASA is concerned about the hefty fuel price increase that will hit workers’ pockets at midnight just ahead of a critical period of the year when many people plan to travel home or to different holiday destinations.
At midnight, the petrol price will increase by 75c a litre while diesel will go up by 72.5c a litre. Illuminating paraffin will cost 42.2c/l more, while LP Gas will be increased by 183c/kg.
The latest price hikes will see workers in Gauteng and other inland provinces pay just over R20 per litre. Since the beginning of the year, fuel prices have increased 40% while workers received minimal or no salary increase, resulting in financial strain for motorists and taxi commuters.
UASA urges its members and other workers to make wise travel arrangements over the festive season, keeping in mind that January, with its own education-linked expenses like school or university fees, school uniforms and books, is around the corner.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .