End in sight for petrol strike

2011-07-27 11:12

A solution to the two-week fuel strike could be on the cards and consumers can heave a sigh of relief.

This after the Commission for Concilliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) intervened in the dispute.

Nerine Kahn, CCMA director, said unions are considering the newly-revised offer presented to them by the employers.

“The unions would report back to their members today to obtain a mandate on the new offer,” she said.

Kahn said the revised offer will not be made public until employers and unions have met today.

The CCMA’s intervention followed after wage negotiations between the parties deadlocked last Saturday.

The strike, which began two weeks ago, impacted negatively on consumers with several consumer bodies and taxi organisations warning of dire consequences.

Thami Bolani, National Consumer Forum (NCF) chairperson said the strike created an unfortunate situation of panic buying by consumers.

Bolani said there was a likelihood of price increases across the board as a result of the strike.

“This will largely affect the poor who spend most of their income on food.”

Last week employers made unions an offer of a 10% increase for workers at the lowest level, raising their minimum wage from R4 000 to R4 400 with other levels offered 8%.

Workers represented by National Petroleum Employers’ Association, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union, the General Industries Workers Union of SA, the SA Chemical Workers Union and Solidarity are demanding a minimum salary of R6 000 a month and a 40-hour working week.

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