Fuel supplies unaffected by strike

2011-07-12 15:26

Johannesburg - Very few petrol stations are not receiving fuel deliveries because of a countrywide strike by workers, the Fuel Retailers' Association (FRA) said on Tuesday.

"The situation is still alright," chief executive Reggie Sibiya said.

He said petrol stations may run dry. The timing would depend on how organised the strike was. Sibiya urged motorists not to panic, but to be prepared for fuel shortages.

Engen spokesperson Herb Payne said production at the petroleum company's refinery was carrying on as normal. Engen had experienced no fuel shortages at this stage.

BP spokesperson Glenda Zwenyika said contingency plans had been put in place before the strike started, and the company had maximised its fuel delivery to make sure all its petrol stations were topped up.

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.

Thousands of striking chemical workers gathered in the Johannesburg CBD on Tuesday morning to march for better wages.

The unions involved in the Johannesburg march were Ceppwawu, the Allied Workers Union, Giwusa and the SA Chemical Workers Union.

Ceppwawu handed over a memorandum of demands to the national bargaining council for the chemical industry.

The unions gave employers seven days to respond to their demands. Failure to do so would result in further big industrial action, the striking workers said.

  • Ollie - 2011-07-12 16:25

    Then why did the Sasol Garage at radiokop have no fuel this morning - i had to fill up with BP!!!

      DeonL - 2011-07-12 16:33

      Probably 1 of the "very few".

  • R.Suppards - 2011-07-12 17:19

    I live in Benoni, this lunchtime an Engen, and a SASOL garage had only 93octane LRP available. Can't comment on the management skills of the management to allow the tanks to be dry on the second day of the strike.

  • tiotudg - 2011-07-12 17:29

    Se^ wie? Wat van die vulstasies in Lonehill en Ruimsid h/v Hendrik Potgieter en Peter, he^?

  • Duracel - 2011-07-13 09:26

    Every fuel station from my home in Randburg to the CBD has run dry of diesel. No problem you say?

  • Collitjies - 2011-07-13 17:32

    So how come have 16 Engen stations run out of fuel? I think they are on drugs or the like. Nobody in the fuel supply industry cares about anybody but themselves.

  • pistolpete - 2011-07-13 19:18

    Yeah right! Now fuel in our area

  • sarcasmness - 2011-07-14 09:19

    the fuel industry just wanted to create panic, now everyone is panic buying fuel for no reason at all. and that is probably the reason the petrol stations are running dry, not because of the strike, but because of everyone freaking out..

  • numnut - 2011-07-14 10:27

    Two days later and 150 stations are dry.

  • Saki - 2011-07-14 15:49

    WAKE UP FELLOW SOUTH AFRICANS. We always complain and do nothing about it, how about choosing a petrol company and boycotting them completely until they close down. Then maybe the rest will catch a wake up and consider strike action carefully, you cant strike if your not employed> Funny how the petrol company's are the wealthiest company's in the world today and we all battle to make ends meat.

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