Fuel shortages on the cards

2011-07-11 08:43

Johannesburg -  Petrol stations may run dry as fuel workers embark on a countrywide strike on Monday, the Fuel Retailers' Association (FRA) said.

"In terms of determining when it will run dry depends on how organised the strike is," chief executive Reggie Sibiya said.

"But we are not going to see it today as most stations have stock."

Sibiya urged motorists not to panic but be prepared for fuel shortages.

"Hopefully, unions and employers reach a speedy resolution."

About 70 000 fuel workers from the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) and the General Industries Workers Union of SA (Giwusa) were demanding a minimum salary of R6 000 per month and a 40-hour work week.

Giwusa president Charles Phahla on Sunday told reporters that workers would march to the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

He believed fuel and medicines would be in short supply.

Last week, about 170 000 engineering and steel workers from the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the Metal and Electrical Workers Union (Mewusa), the United Association of SA (Uasa), Solidarity, and the SA Equity Workers Association (Saewa) began striking.

They were demanding wage increases ranging from ten to 13%, and a ban on labour brokers.

Violence had erupted with one death and six injuries reported.

  • MP3 - 2011-07-11 10:48

    haha another news24 gem

  • DORK VADER - 2011-07-11 10:50

    That is an information overload

  • cnA kcuF - 2011-07-11 10:59

    Now this is good reporting !!!

  • Gore - 2011-07-11 11:04

    Standards at this site are the lowest, where is the editor ..... and the rest of the story??????

  • Gazza99 - 2011-07-11 11:08

    Gives the term "short story" a whole new meaning. lol

  • Gazza99 - 2011-07-11 11:09

    Trying to tell us just how much petrol there is gonna be ..... nada

  • The_Librarian2 - 2011-07-11 11:25

    Excellent article! Just the bone and no meat. :)

  • The Monk - 2011-07-11 11:30

    Good short article. What cards? Where is this going to happen?

  • Marieta - 2011-07-11 11:42

    Guess the headline says it all hahaha :)

  • ZeDon - 2011-07-11 12:11

    It looks like it's time for fuel stations to start working like the USA... Pump your own fuel!

  • ZACKIE - 2011-07-11 13:48

    are they going to burn the stations down if they dont get their way?

  • shane.jacoby - 2011-07-11 13:59

    They want more money? I haven't had a raise in 2 years and they demand more all the time? WTF?!? These days its all "Strike" and never work...

      Zee - 2011-07-11 15:34

      I wonder how much you earn, that's probably the reason you not getting a raise, imagine someone who earns less than R5000 in this day and age, with kids at school and the standard of living much as the economy suffers with these strike, think before you speak, there's always a reason for them as the poorest suffer while the rich get millions in handshakes.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-07-12 08:41

      Zee wake up not every one earns huge bucks - alot of middle class are suffering due to high inflation with no pay rises and the public sector demand 13% pay hikes in todays economy. R6000/R5000 isnt bad for an unskilled public servant Im sure MILLIONS of unemployed South Africans would take that without a blink - why not just replace them?

  • Rocky - 2011-07-11 16:36

    It is obvious that the unions is in controll of the Gov.

      Raymond - 2011-07-11 20:04

      Die Land Is Gedaan

  • Pieter - 2011-07-11 18:25

    Shocking, I know candidate attorneys at law firms that earn less than R6 000 a month.

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