Full blown petroleum strike on Monday

2011-07-07 14:17

A full blown strike in the petroleum and pharmaceuticals sector will kick off on Monday, Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) said today.

“Hundreds of companies will be affected and amongst the major ones are Sasol, Engen, BP, Caltex Refinery, Total, Sapref, AEL, Nampak Glass, Consol Glass, Omnia, Adcock Ingram, Tiger Brands, Kimberly Clark and many others,” Ceppwawu general secretary, Simon Mofokeng said.
About 70?000 workers are expected to go on strike.

This would include members of the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (Giwusa).
Industries affected could include petroleum, pharmaceuticals, glass, industrial chemicals, and fast moving consumer goods.

Tissue and Allied Union members would join the strike towards the end of next week, he said.

“The companies affected here will be Sappi, Mondi Pak, PG Bison and many others.”

Mofokeng said workers wanted a wage increase of 11 to 13% across board. Wages must be a minimum of R6?000 a month.

Other demands were job security, an outside bargaining unit category, maternity leave of six months fully paid and a 40-hour working week without pay loss.

“Our demands are in line with the living wage campaign of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions, adopted at the recent central committee meeting.

“The strike comes as a direct result of the intransigence and greed of the employers.

Employers have, in wage negotiations over the past two months, consistently refused to accede to the legitimate and reasonable demands of the unions and members,” he said.

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