The Zambia Buses and Taxis Workers Union (ZABUTWU) has discouraged its members on the proposed increment of bus and taxi fares following the increase of the commodity in the country.
The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) on Tuesday 13th February 2018 announced the hike of the fuel pump price by K1;
– Diesel K11.09 to K12.01
– Petrol K12.97 to K13.75 from k12.97 and
– Kerosine 7.82 to K 8.85
Speaking in an interview in Lusaka today, Zambia Buses and Taxis workers Union Secretary General Mr. Nkunika Mangaliso said as a union they understand the increment in the pump price attracts an increase in fares but should wait for the union’s consent.
“We understand that the increment in pump price attracts an hike in fares but should not make changes without the consent from the union” he said.
The General Secretary further disclosed that increasing fuel has got an economic impact to this effect if and when changes will be made the union will communicate to its members and the general public will be informed accordingly
“My appeal to our members is to wait for official communication from the Union as we are aware that the price of fuel has gone up,” Mr. Nkunika said.
To this effect Mr Nkunika announced that the union has called for an extraordinary meeting with various stakeholders to discuss the way forward
I hope companies are also looking to increasing workers salaries otherwise…. Njala mu manyumba!
Either way they will still increase the fares.
They should not even increase the fairs they are already high. Plus the petrol increment is minimal
With this pattern of behavior Zambia will not be able to sustain itself in this increasingly competitive world. I’d argue that most Zambians do not actually know that Zambia is their own country their responsibility to manage the country. The government, on the other hand has no vision other introducing all kinds of taxes, excessive borrowing and continuous price increments. In short there is zero planning and creativity.
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