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Truck strike won't leave fuel pumps empty

Union Satawu says it will intensify its strike in the trucking industry.

Union Satawu says it will intensify its strike in the trucking industry.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) says contingency plans are in place, amid concerns that the truck drivers strike could affect the transportation of fuel.

Around 28,000 drivers stopped work yesterday after salary negotiations failed and the The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) says it will intensify its labour action.

The drivers want a salary increase of at least nine percent, while transport employers have offered eight percent.

Sapia's Avhapfani Tshifularo says there are others ways of moving petrol, amid concerns that the strike could lead to fuel stations running dry.

Satawu is likely to know today whether its members will accept the latest wage offer.

"The employers have been trying to send messages of confusion. They're communicating that the strike has been averted but this is not the case. The strike is continuing and our members will only give us the way forward once they've been advised," says Satawu's Vincent Masoga.

The Road Freight Employers' Association Margretia Brown-Engelbrecht says a meeting has been "scheduled for 3pm."