National 5.8.2016 05:02 am

No end in sight for petrol workers’ strike

Petrol workers go on strike.

Petrol workers go on strike.

About 15 000 members of the Chemical‚ Energy‚ Paper‚ Printing‚ Wood and Allied Workers’ Union are on strike at refineries and depots.

The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has urgently called on the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to intervene in the petrol workers’ wage deadlock.

“Fedusa supports the protected and peaceful strike of the employees in the petrol retail sector, where workers are demanding a 9% wage increase, while the National Petroleum Employers’ Association is offering 7%,” said Fedusa general secretary Dennis George.

About 15 000 members of the Chemical‚ Energy‚ Paper‚ Printing‚ Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) are on strike at refineries and depots. The delivery of fuel is affected and several petrol stations have reported its tanks ran dry over the past few days.

Ceppwawu said it would not back down from its 9% wage increase demand as reports of fuel shortages trickled in.

According to Fedusa, the remuneration section of Sasol’s 2016 annual report shows that the salary package of petrochemicals firm Sasol’s former Canadian CEO, David Constable, was structured at R50 million for the year and, given the way these things were structured, his package was likely to have ratcheted up still further in his final 12 months, after his contract expired in June 2016.

“Fedusa supports the notion that executive pay and workers’ salaries should be aligned with business performance. However, Fedusa remains steadfast that the fruits of total factor productivity must be shared within the enterprise,” insisted George.

– news@ citizen.co.za

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