Solidarity joins fuel strike

2011-07-18 07:48

As fuel strike negotiations were set to resume today, Solidarity joined the strike to instil “a sense of urgency”, the union said.

“I can confirm that Solidarity joined the strike at 6am (today),” said general secretary Dirk Hermann.

He said it was hoped that the union’s strike would add “a sense of urgency” to negotiation talks.

Yesterday, Solidarity urged unions and employers to engage in “marathon talks” to end the strike and the fuel shortages it was causing.

Talks had been scheduled for Saturday, but were called off as the majority union, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) said it would not attend.

Hermann said Solidarity was joining the strike in an attempt to defuse it because “we can’t hold South Africa to ransom any longer”.

He said the union called on all parties to approach Monday’s talks with a view to resolve the strike.

National Petroleum Employers’ Association chairman Mxolisi Ratsibe said: “We are looking forward to having this conversation with the unions and we will do everything within reason to resolve the strike.”

A meeting was set for 10am today in Joburg for unions and employers to negotiate a possible end to the strike.
The last meeting took place on June 24, when talks broke down.

The offer on the table at the time was 7%, but the unions were demanding 11%.

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