FEDUSA Calls for Immediate Extension of the Fuel Levy Subsidy
17 May 2022
The Federation of Unions of South Africa ( FEDUSA ) has noted with serious concern the plethora of reports by economists regarding the massive fuel price hikes anticipated for June 2022. The Federation strongly condemns yet another hike in prices of both grades of fuel and diesel of between R1.50 to R2.00 per litre.
This rapid increase in fuel prices will consequently have a negative impact on the economy, especially the working class, who commute daily to their workplaces. This is an unnecessary economic burden that workers and the country cannot afford in this current economic climate, as the country attempts to claw back to pre – pandemic levels. Whilst FEDUSA acknowledges the macroeconomic and external market forces, further intervention is necessitated to avoid panic buying and the inflationary impact on food prices as well as food insecurity due to the Russia, Ukraine conflict.
Paying lip service without solid political will and dedicated commitment by Government to resuscitate the countries defunct and unreliable railway network, further insults the matter, making the cost of transport even more unaffordable for workers and society at large. The time for empty promises is over – the collapsed and unsafe railway and road networks must be fixed as a priority.
FEDUSA therefore demands that the Minister of Finance immediately extends the emergency fuel levy intervention, which expires at month – end, to cushion the blow to the South African workers and businesses. Considering the massive economic impact and the threat to Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME’s) and the consequent effects on income security, the Ministerial Task Team must be extended to NEDLAC, to fully consult social partners and find a lasting solution to fix the unacceptably high prices, as well as a review of the general fuel levy.
For interviews please contact:
Ms Riefdah Ajam
FEDUSA General Secretary
076 696 2626
Mr Ashley Benjamin
FEDUSA Deputy General Secretary
083 258 4433