Truckers and tour bus drivers plan strike over diesel prices

Fortune are set to go on strike on Monday as a half of a campaign to have diesel costs capped at 25 baht per litre for one year. As reported by Thai PBS World, the strike – which is ready to coincide with Thailand’s reopening on November 1 – will span about eighty,000 vehicles, including some tour buses. The campaign, labelled “truck power”, is being undertaken by the Land Transport Federation of Thailand as it seeks to ramp up pressure on the federal government to implement the cap.
The LTFT has suggested it has notified the Tourism Council of Thailand, together with the Thai National Shippers’ Council and the Thai Chamber of Commerce, about the action to initially cease around 20% of vehicles under its ambit from running for every week. With the preliminary action doubtlessly resulting in losses of several billion baht, it added that the marketing campaign could subsequently be prolonged to fifteen days, or even a month, ought to the government continue to ignore its demand.
Among the assorted truckers poised to take part in the marketing campaign, the LTFT has said numerous tour bus drivers have decided to join, having received no help from the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the report, Kasikorn Research Centre has said the common worth of diesel this year is about 26 baht per litre, up 15% year-on-year, amounting to a further seventy six billion baht in manufacturing and transportation prices for the business sector..g

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