Petrol attendant strike to end

By Drum Digital
27 September 2013

Workers were expected to return back to work on Monday.

An agreement has been reached to end a three-week strike of petrol attendants, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Friday.

A pay rise of R2 per hour for petrol attendants had been secured, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim told reporters in Kempton Park.

He said this meant workers would get a 11.6 percent increase.

"If we had not signed (today) the minister (Mildred Oliphant) would not have been able to sign off immediately on the increase... That would have meant that the increase would have only been effective in November," he said.

While workers were expected to return back to work on Monday, Jim said employees should be lenient on workers who could only report for duty on Tuesday.

Jim said the strike, however, was not over in the vehicle industry as a settlement had not yet been reached.

-by Sapa

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