TUs oppose oil price hike

AITUC members staging a protest against hike in oil price, outside Deputy Commissioner’s office in Mangalore on Thursday. dh photo

The Chief Minister will spend a huge chunk of tax payers money to travel to Dharmasthala for the oath taking ceremony, however the common man has to struggle for his daily conveyance with overrated fuel prices, complained AITUC District Convenor Sitaram Derinje at a protest conducted by Joint Committee of Trade Union (JCTU) of Dakshina Kannada in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office on Thursday.

Pointing out that the government has increased the salary of MLAs and MPs, he complained that the labourers salary has not been increased since 15 years even though they are struggling to make their ends meet.

The tax applied by government on petrol is 56 per cent. The petrol prices were hiked immediately after the results of the assembly elections in five states were disclosed. Now the government is planning to hike LPG and diesel prices. This move should be curtailed and the hiked prices should be slashed. The soaring petroleum price not only affects the motorists but also other people as food commodities are transported through vehicles, said CITU District President B Madhava.

BMS District President Vishwanath Shetty said that hike in petroleum prices has left a negative impact on the lives of poor and middle class people.

All the Trade Unions will organise ‘Parliament Chalo’ on November 22 which will involve more that 2 lakh people, he warned.

Coming down heavily on State Government, HMS Workers Organisation District Secretary Mohammed Rafiq alleged that the State government is supporting corruption and favouring capitalists.

More than 100 labourers from leading trade unions including CITU, AITUC, HMS, INTUC and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh participated in the protest.

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