Commuters stranded as bus operators go on strike
Posted in Local News
Scores of commuters have been left stranded due to the strike by the private bus operators today (February 13). The bus operators are protesting the recent fuel hike which saw diesel prices shoot up by Rs. 31.
Passengers from areas such as Kandy, Galle and Kurunegala have been greatly inconvenienced as the amount of operational buses is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the public.
Courtesy: Ada Derana
The oil price hike is economic reality. OPEC cannot be moved by the bus strike in Sri Lanka. As I demonstrated in my blog yesterday, the fuel prices are quite reasonable based on current cost of an oil barrel and the parity of SL currency with international trading currencies.
If the community cannot afford such prices, that’s a separate issue. In a capitalist state, the public cannot expect the State to subsidise consumer goods.
All we need to do is to continue importing oil from Iran. To hell with US unilateral oil sanction! India and China defied it and continues to import oil from Iran, so why can’t we? As China and India did, Hon President should wake-up and send an urgent emmisary to Iran, to arrange new payment structures to circumvent the Bank strictures imposed by the imperialist dog, USA. Bartering is one possiblity, as our ancestors did. We can pay the oil with tea, spices, rubber, rice, veg and fruits, gem stones etc
COME ON HON PRESIDENT, WAKEY WAKEY!
my dear friends,to beat the bloody ltte terrorists took more than 30years.therefore be pation,mr.M.R.will settel all our srilanken problems,Give him a chance,the oil problem is not only for srilanka,the whole world is suffering with the heavy oil prices.