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Fuel strike: Filled your tank?

2013-09-08 19:53

ALL OUT ON MONDAY? Numsa is calling for a 100% wage increase for lower-paid workers and that includes fuel forecourt staff. Did you fill YOUR tank? Image: Numsa

Johannesburg - Thousands of workers in the motor industry, among them fuel jockeys at petrol stations, might well be on strike on Monday (Sept 9).

National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim said on Sunday: "Regrettably, employers took a very irresponsible stance by pulling back from the engagements which were intended to avert the strike.

Employer organisations, the Fuel Retailers' Association and the Retail Motor Industry have been given notice of the strike.

"Employers were unhappy with Numsa's decision to issue a 48-hour notice to strike," Jim added.

R30/HOUR MORE

The strike would see thousands of fuel forecourt staff, workers at components retailers, panel-beaters, car and vehicle parts dealers, workshops and vehicle dealer out on strike.

Numsa demanded a R30/hour pay rise across the board in all sectors by 2016 for workers earning more than R6000, a night shift allowance of 20% on normal pay rates and a 15% afternoon shift allowance.

Deputy general secretary Karl Cloete said the industry has about 300 000 employees, of whom 70 000 were Numsa members.

A petrol attendant earns at least R700 a week, he said.
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