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Numsa rejects revised pay offer

2013-09-13 07:31

NO NUMSA DEAL YET: Numsa has rejected the latest offer on fuel forecourt staff wages. Image: BP

Mpho Raborife

Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has rejected a revised pay rise offer of 7.5% for fuel forecourt attendants and vehicle repair workers.

KwaZulu-Natal regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane said: "The employers made an offer and we have already rejected it. They offered 7.5 percent."

Fuel Retailers' Association CEO Reggy Sibiya said the union's decision was regrettable. "We remain optimistic that parties will resolve the impasse after reflecting on their current positions over the next few days."

INTO FOURTH DAY

All parties involved were scheduled to meet again on Monday (Sept 15). The Numsa strike in the petrol and motor retail sector entered its fourth day on Thursday. The union had demanded a R30/hour across-the-board increase by 2016 on actual rates of pay in all sectors and divisions for workers earning above R6000 a month.

Police said groups of people, believed to be strikers, visited fuel stations across Soweto on Thursday and warned those there to stop dispensing fuel.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to property by early afternoon but some stations closed because of the intimidation.

The police presence was being increased, with regular patrols at petrol stations.
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