Unions mull fuel employers’ offer

2011-07-19 08:46

Unions will seek feedback from their members over an offer put forward by employers in fuel strike negotiations.

“The employers offered 8% across the board and 10% to workers on the minimum scale,” said Solidarity general secretary Dirk Hermann.

He said unions would seek feedback on the offer from their members before deciding whether to accept or reject the proposed increase.

“It is a rather complicated process. For Solidarity, we expect it will take about two days,” he said.

Yesterday, unions and employers met in an attempt to resolve the strike. Negotiations continued for about 12 hours, Hermann said.

Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) coordinator John Appolis said his union was also reporting back to its members.

He said it would probably be two days before the feedback process was completed and a decision could be reached.

Sasol spokesperson Nothemba Noruwana said: “We are confident that they will be able to reach an agreement.”

Automobile Association spokesperson Gary Ronald said fuel supplies in the country appeared to be “trickling through”, with Gauteng the province hardest hit by shortages.

“The situation is not as dire as it could possibly be, but it can’t continue like this much longer.”

He said if the strike in the fuel sector was not resolved in the next few days, it could have a negative impact on the economy.

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

Solidarity joined the strike yesterday, with the intention of “adding a sense of urgency” to negotiations.

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