Still no end in sight to petrol strike


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PRETORIA - After two weeks of strikes in the petrochemical sector, employers and union members are meeting at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on Friday.

Workers are demanding a nine percent salary increase, while employers are offering seven percent.

About 15,000 members of the Chemical‚ Energy‚ Paper‚ Printing‚ Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) are on strike at refineries and depots.

The delivery of fuel has been affected and several petrol stations have reported that its tanks have run dry over the past few days.

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The South African Petroleum Industry Association says even though there are some shortages of one or more grades of fuel, the situation remained stable.

The union is asking for a nine percent increase.

Employers initially offered 3.5 percent but their current offer now stands at 7 percent.

They entered into negotiations with Ceppwawu in May, a month before the expiry of a wage deal that was signed in 2014. Another issue on the table is the duration.

The union is demanding a one-year agreement, while employers want two years.