Tourism workers to take to the streets, if fuel price is not reversed

23rd Jun, 2022 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, June 23: Workers in the tourism sector have warned of street protests if the coalition government does not immediately reverse the sharp rise in petrol, diesel and kerosene prices.Union of Trekking Travels, Rafting and Airlines Workers Nepal (UNITRAV) and Nepal Independent Hotel, Casino & Restaurant Workers' Union (NIHWU) have issued a statement urging the government to immediately reverse the fuel price hike.

The statement said, "With the rise in fuel prices, prices of public transport and other basic necessities will automatically go up, thus depriving the general public, especially millions of workers in the tourism sector, of their basic right to life." Whatever the government's excuses and arguments, the workers 'decision must be reversed immediately.'

The trade unions have warned, "We urge high-ranking government officials and corporate executives to reverse the fuel price hike and other leakage management and look for alternatives to cheaper markets for fuel supply, putting full burden on the people and our millions of tourism workers." . Otherwise, the government will not be able to stop the compulsion of the workers to go for street struggle. '

The price of diesel and kerosene has been fixed at Rs 192 per liter and petrol at Rs 199 per liter after the price hike came into effect from 12 noon on July 19 without any serious impact on the tourism sector and workers in the sector. The statement said. According to trade unions, it is unfortunate that Commerce and Supplies Minister Dilendra Prasad Badu has been compelled to increase fuel prices, pointing out that the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) will face a monthly loss of Rs 4.70 billion even after the price hike. They demanded immediate withdrawal of the fuel price hike by the corporation's board of directors without using other alternatives, citing the Russia-Ukraine war as affecting the lives of Nepali people and all workers in the tourism sector.