Fuel squeeze: strike affects taxi services

2011-07-21 00:00

TAXI associations in KwaZulu-Natal fear the worst if the fuel industry and striking workers’ do not come to a consensus very soon.

Said Yusuf Khaliva, chairperson of Durban Central Region Taxi Association, “Last week there was no petrol in most of the garages in Durban, especially around town, and it was bad. We fear that if the strike continues we might find ourselves not providing a service for our passengers. Things could come to a standstill.”

The strike by the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppawu) continued yesterday after the union rejected an eight percent wage increase offer on Tuesday, demanding a double digit increase.

Ceppawu seems not to be backing down and is demanding a minimum salary of R6 000 and a 40-hour working week.

Khaliva told The Witness the difficulty for taxi services is that drivers have to think twice before they pick up only four passengers along their routes.

Drivers have been instructed to wait until the taxi is full to save petrol and this leads to delays for passengers.

The Durban Central Region Taxi Association is one of the biggest taxi affiliates in the province with 22 taxi associations under it.

Msunduzi One Taxi Association chairperson Boy Zondi said that even though the strike is in its second week the members affiliated to the association have not raised complaints about the lack of petrol or disruptions of services.

The hardest-hit province, Gauteng, is said to have 300 petrol stations that have run dry during the strike.

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