Fuel deliveries sporadic

2011-07-16 10:52

Fuel is being delivered to some service stations but it is not enough to meet the demand, the Automobile Association said today.

“Fuel is being delivered overnight but it’s sporadic and not enough,” said spokesperson Gary Ronald. “Now we see motorists having to search at more than one station for fuel.”

National Petroleum Employers’ Association chairperson Mxolisi Ratsibe was not immediately available for comment.
Yesterday, he said a meeting was scheduled for today with a mediator.

The AA was concerned that the fuel sector strike would be prolonged.

“We are concerned that this strike is protracted and will extend pass Wednesday and Thursday,” said Ronald.

“Economists agree that if it extends further the real implication on businesses and the economy will be more than critical.”

He said there was some confusion relating to wage talks.

“My understanding is that two of the major unions are meeting today but not Ceppwawu [Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers’ Union],” said Ronald.

Ceppwawu co-ordinator John Appolis said no meeting had taken place yesterday, and nothing was scheduled for today.

“The only meeting is scheduled for Monday at 10am. We are not sure why the employers are telling people there is a meeting for today.

“They are confusing everybody and are engaging in cheap propaganda,” he said.

Appolis said employers had not made any wage proposals, and that the last meeting was on June 24, when talks broke down.

The offer on the table at the time was 7%, but the unions were demanding 11%.

About 70 000 fuel workers from Ceppwawu, the Allied Workers’ Union, and the General Industries Workers’ Union of SA downed tools on Monday, demanding a minimum salary of R6 000 a month and a 40-hour working week.

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