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Fuel Sector Wage Talks Resume| News by Staff Reporter
Wage talks in the fuel sector will resume on Monday 18 July
Ceppwawu will today resume wage negotiations with the National Petroleum Employers’ Association (NPEA), with high hopes of a new offer from employers.
Wage negotiations between these two organisations have been on hold since 24 June.
NPEA was offering seven percent at the time but the unions wanted 11 percent, leading to a breakdown in negotiations.
Last week fuel-sector workers across the country joined the pay strike already set in motion by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), the Metal and Electrical Workers’ Union (MEWU) and the SA Equity Workers’ Association (SAEWA), resulting in a shortage of fuel at petrol stations.
Workers at petrochemical group Sasol would also down tools from Monday and join the nationwide pay strike, further threatening fuel supplies, according to the union Solidarity.
“It is expected their plants will come to a standstill as almost all of the technical and strategic posts at these plants are filled by Solidarity members,” it said in a statement.
According to Reggie Sibiya of the Fuel Retailers’ Association (FRA) the situation was so bad ambulances were struggling to get fuel.
“The situation has now reached a crisis point,” he said.
NPEA chairperson Mxolisi Ratsibe said all efforts were being put into finding common ground and sealing wage talks by Monday afternoon.
“I’m hoping the talks will end this strike for the benefit of everybody,” Ratsibe said.