National 27.7.2016 05:00 pm

Petrol workers’ strike starts on Thursday

Petrol workers go on strike.

Petrol workers go on strike.

Petrol pumps are not expected to run dry.

Petrol refinery workers are planning to down tools tomorrow (Thursday) in response to a wage dispute, South Coast Herald reports.

The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union has notified the National Petroleum Association about the strike, involving about 23 000 workers in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical sector of the union.

The workers have been offered a 7% increase but are asking for 12%.

The strike should affect the whole country, but is not likely to cause too much disruption for the general public as it will not include petrol pump attendants.

In 2011, a six-week strike did not affect retailers for the first month.

– Caxton News Service

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