The Chinese government increased fuel prices for the tenth time this year on 17 November causing major problems for workers in the transport industry such as taxi and truck drivers for whom fuel is a major day-to-day cost. Gasoline prices in China have risen by almost ten percent just since September, according to Global Petrol Prices, reflecting the rising global price of crude oil.
Transport workers across China have staged strikes and collective protests to demand remedial measures that can offset the burden of increased fuel costs. Most transport workers operate on such slim margins that any increase in fuel costs can make the difference between earning a living or going into debt.
More than one third of all the worker actions in the transport sector recorded on CLB’s Strike Map in November were related to increased fuel costs, in addition to the usual complaints of unfair competition and ineffective government regulation.