Is the Matatu strike justified.?
The planned matatu strike set to begin on December 19
this year and end on 27th unless the Government lower’s
the price of petro by 30% , is a big joke. striking to demand our rights is a good idea but the increase in the price of petrol is not a violation of our rights and even if it was, this is the wrong time. According to the planners, most travellers commute upcountry during this week to celebrate Christmas with their extended families. This is probably the most important week in the Matatus calendar. TO withdraw our services would affect thousands of passengers.
On the other hand, this will be a betrayal to our customers.
The matatus have a reputation of hiking fares during rush
hour and whenever it rains by an imaginable percentage.
There is no fixed rates and the fare depends on the crew.
Like in any profit making business, all the expenses are pushed
to the consumer. That includes the fuel expenses.
Going on strike on grounds of fuel increase is therefore
un professional and un called for. Matatus have gone on strike
I asked about ten drivers about their views on the strike and all of them said they will not be part. majority of the workers in the transport sector are hired on short-term
basis and paid on commission therefore most of us don’t have
any savings to sustain us through the Christmas period.
We too feel for our customers who are forced to dig deeper
in to their pockets to keep us in business, but denying them
the once in a year opportunity to spend time with their families
is too selfish.
The Doctors are on strike, patients are reported dying at the hospitals benches every day. they maybe right in demanding for higher salaries but why punish the ordinary poor Kenyan who need the cheaper Government hospital?
I will only participate in the strike if all motorists
agree to withdraw their vehicles from the roads. The issue of fuel affects everybody, from the manufacturing companies to the farmer using a generator to pump water to his farm.
The central organisation of trade union who have recently joined the call for this strike should first make plans to include matatu workers in the union.
Why don’t we
let the passengers call a strike and boycott our services
since its them who foot the bill.
Or has the cat become the defender of rats rights.?