Drivers feel effects of petrol attendant strike

Petrol station owners are concerned at the impact of the motor industry strike.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) during strike in northern Johannesburg on 09 September 2013. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Petrol station owners are concerned at the impact of the motor industry strike saying they are facing severe difficulties and even financial ruin.

The strike by petrol attendants, panelbeaters and car spare part dealers began last Monday.

It involves a breakdown in wage talks between The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and employers.

The union is demanding a 12 percent wage increase for its members which equates to a hike of R30 an hour while employers are offering seven percent.

Protestors visited filling stations in Sandton yesterday intimidating workers.

A petrol station owner Hansie Strydom says everyone is affected.

"There is a long queue, there are no petrol attendants, they are scared for their lives, when the strikers come around they basically all run away because they don't want to get hit or stabbed or even murdered. So it's affecting the business, it's affecting everybody's pocket."