Pump-jockeys want R6000 a month

2013-06-19 12:12

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is in a wage dispute with the auto industry, although a senior official said the move "did not mean a strike" by the 100 000-strong union was imminent.

Numsa treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo said: "I can confirm that there is a dispute."

Numsa declared a dispute because employers had not responded to union demands for at least R6000 a month and a R30-an-hour increase for workers earning more than R6000 a month - which would almost double the R6000 amount.

Numsa is also demanding a full transport allowance for employees who finish work after 6pm and calling for a ban on labour brokers.


Jakkie Olivier, chief executive designate of the Retail Motor Industry organisation, said that negotiations deadlocked because employers were concerned that the union was already hostile so early in the process and had not given time for issues to be resolved.

According to Business Report, Olivier said Numsa’s demands ranged from 100% increases for lower-paid workers to above 20% for workers at higher job grades.

Employers tabled an offer related to the consumer price index of 5.9% for the retail motor industry and 5% for the component manufacturing industry.



  • Zohan Steppingstone - 2013-06-19 12:25

    Fire them all, I will pump my own fuel.

      Maartins Siphiso - 2013-06-20 06:11

      They must be careful, we can pump our own fuel. We don't need them, and the price of fuel can be reduced then in the same time.

  • Rob Gooderson - 2013-06-19 12:36

    Get rid of them and let the public pump their own fuel. Works well in the UK and USA. The savings made from salaries can then be passed back to the consumer!

      Alfred Killian - 2013-06-20 00:42

      The savings will never be passed on to the consumer.

      Donovan Dunn - 2013-06-27 15:29

      Self Service only works in a world where there is honesty and respect of law. Can you imagine the amount of "customers" that will simply drive away or try scam fuel using cloned cards of counterfeit cash. The only way it can work is on a prepay system where you swipe the card first before you fill. Not sure if that system is available.

  • sikhumbuzok - 2013-06-19 12:55

    If i had a fuel station i would certainly lobby govt to allow people to fill up their own cars. Its as simple as swiping your savings, cheq or DR card and the bowser is automatically credited with that fuel. Or you simply put in the money (coins and notes) into an allocated slot. This would allow fuel station owners to make more profit (more tax revenues) and then invest into our economy more money thereby employing more skilled people. The skill levels required for being a fuel attendant is almost similar to that of a car guard anyway. We are fooling people and letting them rot in low skilled and low paying jobs.

      Janti Cloete - 2013-06-20 09:30

      "The skill levels required for being a fuel attendant is almost similar to that of a car guard anyway." Bwahahaha!!! You just made my day!

      Cor Pretorius - 2013-06-20 17:18

      We know how unions operate.....they will burn your fuel station down. South Africa need jobs for the unskilled, but unions and minimum wage disputes destroy the affordability.

  • Jacques Shepperson - 2013-06-19 13:33

    We will have to move to self service...

  • Avril Albasini Andre Vd Merwe - 2013-06-19 14:53

    Self service is the answer. Look at the USA or Europe....works quite well, reduces overheads tremendously!!!

  • raybiez - 2013-06-19 14:59

    Although I sympathizes with these lower-paid workers, they need to be realistic as well. Perhaps the solution is to allow for self-service stations, reducing the 100000 workforce over time. Those who want to use attendant service can do so at a premium.

      Gwilym John Howes - 2013-06-20 00:14

      Why 'over time'? Let them go NOW!

  • Vinesh Moodley - 2013-06-19 15:09

    give them 6000 pm if they are capable of checking tyre pressures and wiping the windscreen simultaneously!

  • Baloo Rottie - 2013-06-19 17:31

    What is there level of earnings? Let's say that a jockey fills up fifty cars a day, that the average tip is five Rand and that he works twenty days per month. R5500.00 TAX FREE per month. Over and above his wage. Not too shabby, hey Nige?

  • Baloo Rottie - 2013-06-19 17:34

    ERROR!!! Should be "their" and twenty two days per month.

  • Jannie Kroese - 2013-06-19 18:02

    There are enough jobless people out there. Fire them all. The Unions are killing our country. But remember, the more the workers get, the more the Union gets.....

  • Davy Botha - 2013-06-19 18:50

    I will also pump my own fuel, unions are acting more and more idiotic!

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-06-20 00:13

    They add little value. I actually PREFER to do my own thing when in the US and UK, because then I know exactly what is going on. These guys are benefitting from unwanted job creation that pushes up the prices on the forecourt. Fire the lot!

  • Vinesh Moodley - 2013-06-20 08:02

    Viva pump jockeys viva! and next up are supermarket packers who deserve R8000 pm...lets not stop there, this is fun! how about the guy that waves the red flag warning motorists on a road being maintained I strongly suggest R7000 pm and car guards surely deserve a basic wage of R5000 pm with a minimum tip of R10 per car.....

  • Wynand Steyn - 2013-06-20 10:30

    Why not? I'm sure they are better at their job than the person that copy and pasted: "demands. for at least ", "double the that", "because s employers"...

  • Vho Rapea - 2013-06-20 13:03

    Government must just put in force minimum wages linked to qualification, a person without matric shouldn't earn more than R2500.00 PM and so forth, candidate attorneys with Law degrees and completed Law school earn as little as R3000.00 which is ridiculous

  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2013-06-20 17:42

    Government, please ban ALL unions in SA, they taking us the SAME way the unions did in the UK in the 70's & 80's.

  • Ramon Lipparoni - 2013-06-21 15:03

    i agree .. in the US we pumped our own Gas .. and in the UK as well .. we can pump our own here too !!! i don't see what the big deal is about pumping my own gas

  • Donovan Dunn - 2013-06-27 15:29

    Thats not a negotiation, thats extortion

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