The Independent Trade Union of Construction Workers, Engineers and Traders in Construction (NSGRITG) announced that it would stage a peaceful protest against the decision to increase the price of electricity by 7.4 percent, assessing that it is an indicator of non-domestic working.
“The announced increase in the price of electricity by 7.4 percent together with the Value Added Tax of 18 percent will be 8.73 percent, and in the past 14 years the price of electricity has increased by 230 percent,” said NSGRITG President Atanas Trajkovski.
He is accused of populism and robbery of the citizens because, as he says, the increase in the price of electricity deprives the workers of the money they receive with the last increase in the amount of the minimum wage.
“In 2007, the cheap tariff was 1.20 denars per kilowatt hour, the expensive tariff was 2.40 denars, and in 2011 the cheap tariff was 1.76 denars per kilowatt hour, and the expensive tariff was 3.52 denars. From 2006 to 2011 there was an increase of less than 150 percent. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, the price of the cheap tariff was 2.70 denars per kilowatt hour, and the expensive 5.54 denars per kilowatt hour, and in this price they put the engaged power of 33 percent. In 14 years we have an increase of 230 percent or 2.3 times. The question is now an increase of 7.4 percent is announced again, but here I guess the Value Added Tax (VAT) of 18 percent is not included. If we take the VAT of 18 percent, the increase in electricity will be 8.73 percent,” Trajkovski said.
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