Police forced to protect fuel delivery drivers

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 July 2011

The Petroleum Industry Association says police protection for their drivers is ensuring the safe delivery of fuel.

Executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo admits, however, that intimidation of non-striking workers remains an issue and continues to impact on deliveries.

Despite the protracted strike, refineries are still operating at normal level. Sapia is waiting to hear from unions on the latest wage offer tabled by the petroleum companies.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Service and Administration has warned the Independent Labour Caucus to stop issuing statements to the media about public sector wage negotiations.

This follows a revelation by the 10 unions in the caucus that government had made an informal offer of a six-point-eight-percent increase and that progress in the negotiations was slow.

The department’s Khumbula Ndaba says unions and the government had agreed not to speak to the media about the process.


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