cosatuANA reports that the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Wednesday urged government to increase public transport subsidies and help lessen the effect of fuel price increases on the poor.  

Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said:  "When workers start to struggle to afford public transport fares, they will inevitably use the bargaining process to compensate the increase in the cost of living.”  The petrol price went up by between 8 and 11 cents a litre on Tuesday, while the price of diesel increased by 42 cents.  Pamla said government needed to improve public transport systems and infrastructure.  "We are calling on our government to consider increasing subsidies for public transport and also work on investing in our transport system.  There is an urgent need to improve the quality and efficiency of our public transport, particularly in poorer communities and rural areas," he stated.

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