Poor People The Hardest Hit By Fuel Increase – Vavi

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JOHANNESBURG: Trade union, Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called on workers to unite against politicians who, he says, don’t have their best interests at heart.  

The union is alarmed at the effect of the fuel price increase on the poor, after petrol prices soared to a record high on Wednesday.

Saftu says 82 cents more for a litre, is the highest increase in the price of petrol the country has ever experienced and will have an immediate effect on the poor.

In addition, the union is concerned about the effect it will have on workers who have to drive to work or use paraffin which increased by R 1.09/litre.

“The poor workers are getting much poorer. This is not only an isolated assault on the living standard of the working class and the poor, this is a combination of factors,” Vavi said.

Meanwhile, the National Taxi Alliance is warning that the fuel price hike will have an impact on taxi fares.