Trade unions protest against rising fuel prices in Kerala

A strike in Kerala was called by various trade unions to protest against the recurring fuel price hike. Kerala Motor Vyavasaya Samrakshana Samiti is observing a 12-hour-long statewide motor-strike today.

Normal life was affected in Kerala as protests rocked the state for the second consecutive day on Monday. Given a dawn-to-dusk motor strike, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is running only minimal bus services. The government and private buses, taxis and autos suspended their services and shops that opened, later pulled down their shutters.

In a joint statement, protesting trade unions said rising fuel prices were making the operation of goods and passenger vehicles costlier. While many employees were rendered jobless.

However, the opposition accused the BJP-led Central government of being insensitive to the common man’s woes by refusing to slash high central taxes levied on Petrol and Diesel.

The whole nation has experienced a price hike for petrol and diesel for over two weeks now. Petrol and diesel prices have been rising continuously due to the improved demand for crude oil in the international market. It is also because of low production amidst the worldwide pandemic.

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