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SATAWU will strike if no deal is reached

A road freight strike by SATAWU could affect the petroleum industry first.

If a SATAWU strike goes ahead, the fuel sector will be hardest hit. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Trade and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) claimed the road freight industry could come to a standstill, if an agreement on wage increases is not reached on Sunday.

SATAWU are among unions demanding a nine percent salary hike but employers are not budging on their proposed eight percent.

SATAWU general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu warned that if their demands are not met by the end of the day, thousands of workers will down tools across the country.

"We will try by all means to find a solution as at the current moment there's a dead log. We will continue to negotiate but in terms of the strike, notice has been given.

"We actually expect this to take place tomorrow unless something extra-ordinary happens between today and tomorrow."

Economist Mike Schussler believes however that if the strike goes ahead, the fuel sector will be hardest hit.

"Petrol stations will be affected.

"Typically they do not represent people at municipal busses.

"Their talks are with the Road Freight Association employer, so that's where it's going to be, in the freight industry.

"The sector that is affected the quickest then is the petroleum sector."