Strike cripples Engen

2011-07-13 08:56

Engen fuel stations in Gauteng are running dry because oil tankers are unable to leave some depots, Engen Refinery said today.

“Gauteng is the hotspot. Three of the depots can’t release oil tankers because truck drivers are on strike, and there has been a bit of intimidation,” said spokesperson Tania Landsberg.

“There are people picketing outside the gates of the depots and the most important aspect for us is ensuring the safety of our workers.”

The depots affected were Langlaagte, Alrode, and Waltloo.

Landsberg said although contingency plans were in place, there would be challenges.

“We are planning around that to keep our sites wet, but some are already gone dry.”

The refinery had not yet been updated about fuel shortages in the coastal areas.

“We would have an update on that at around 11am“.

Yesterday, the Fuel Retailers’ Association (FRA) said most service stations were receiving fuel deliveries despite the countrywide strike.

Sasol spokesperson Nothemba Noruwana said contingency plans were in place, and that major complexes in Secunda and Sasolburg were operating with minimal disruptions.

“Operations at Sasol service stations have not been affected by the strike,” she said.

BP spokesperson Glenda Zeenyika said fuel deliveries were increased before the strike to ensure all its petrol stations were topped up.

About 70 000 fuel workers from the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and 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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