Santaco calls for speedy resolution

2011-07-14 14:50

Parties involved in the fuel sector wage dispute must find common ground, the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said today.

“Santaco’s concern comes in the wake of the increasing petrol stations that are running dry, consequently creating service inconvenience for the commuting public, and business loss for the taxi industry,” spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa said in a statement.

“The taxi industry connects millions of South Africans with various activities of our economy and the wage impasse ... is certainly [bringing] business and service to a halt.”

He urged the unions and employers to find a speedy resolution to avoid a petrol drought.

The Fuel Retailers’ Association said at least 150 service stations in Gauteng and 50 in KwaZulu-Natal were without fuel by the close of business yesterday.

Chief executive Reggie Sibiya said the strike had crippled the economy and was “bleeding” businesses.

About 70 000 fuel workers from the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers’ Union, 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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