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Organised Labour demo today

Organised Labour has begun a one-day nationwide demonstration as part of measures to put pressure on the government to reduce utility tariffs, fuel prices, and taxes.

The group will also organise a two-day nationwide strike on January 21 and 22 when their demands are not met by government.

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The Labour Union said it was not happy with government’s refusal to beat down “astronomical increases in utility tariffs, taxes and fuel prices”.

Utilities regulator, Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), prior to Christmas last year, increased electricity and water tariffs by 59.2% and 67.2%, respectively. But Organised Labour says both should be reduced to 50%. They also want the recent 27% increase in fuel prices reduced. The prices of petroleum shot up after the passage of the Energy Sector Levy.

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After its negotiations with the government failed, Organised Labour decided to roll out its industrial action plan to force government to accede to its request.

Meanwhile government insists it will be suicidal to cancel the Energy Sector Levy Act or review utility tariffs downwards.

Leadership of Organised Labour is scheduled to meet with government on Thursday January 21 for negotiations.

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