Know what to do next time you see a higher price at the pump? Don’t buy gas on May 15? How lame. Learn from the folks in India. According to the BBC, India’s opposition parties have called a general strike against fuel price rises, and “normal life has been disrupted in many parts of India.”
The government had announced fuel prices rises last month in an attempt to cut the budget deficit. The opposition said “hell, no, we won’t go” and India went on general strike. Businesses and schools were shut in Mumbai, Calcutta and Bangalore. A large number of flights were canceled, train services affected, demonstrators and police clashed in parts of the subcontinent. More than half a million trucks went off the roads after the main truckers’ union said it was supporting the strike.
The strike was fueled (so to speak) by commuters who stayed at home because the worried about getting stuck on their way to work.
According to The Nikkei [sub], Toyota suspended operations Monday at two factories on the outskirts of Bangalore due to strikes across the country over higher gasoline prices. Toyota said the factories were back online Tuesday.