More workers join petroleum strike

By Khanyisa Tabata
18 July 2011

Workers in the steel and engineering sector have ended their two-week strike, having accepted a wage increase of between eight- and 10-percent for different categories of employees.

Union members had initially demanded a 13-percent increase, while employers had offered seven-percent. Numsa says workers will be returning to work in the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, strike action in the chemical and energy sector is expected to intensify as members of trade union Solidarity join the industrial action today.

The strike will mainly affect Sasol and PetroSA plants. Solidarity spokesperson Dirk Hermann says he hopes the pressure will lead to a quick settlement.


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