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Pleas for govt. intervention in petrol sector strike

The Fuel Retailers’ Association (FRA) on Wednesday said they are lobbying government to intervene in...

Ceppwawu protesters chant struggle songs outside the Chevron refinery in Milnerton on 12 July 2011. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

The Fuel Retailers' Association (FRA) on Wednesday said they are lobbying government to intervene in the petroleum and pharmaceutical strike.

Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) workers downed tools on Monday. They are demanding an 11 to 13 percent wage increase and the scrapping of labour brokers.

Engen said 16 of its garages in Johannesburg ran out of fuel on Wednesday, as well as two in Pretoria and one in Durban. Fuel tankers are also unable to leave some of its depots.

The FRA's Reggie Sibiya said, "We have been in touch with stakeholders like the Department of Energy and they've assured us that they are obviously prioritising the issue and there's been some ministerial intervention."

Meanwhile, trade union Solidarity announced that 6,000 of its members in the petrol sector will join the nationwide strike.

It said although striking workers have not hit the streets in the Western Cape yet, it is planning a mass demonstration for next week.

Ceppwawu's John Appolis said protests will gain momentum in the Cape soon.

"Our Western Cape region is planning a big march for next week where they will be taking over the streets and hand over a memorandum to the Employers Association," he said.

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