Wage talks to resume petrol attendants

Numsa and petrol attendant employers will go back to the drawing board over wages tonight.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Employers, striking filling station petrol attendants and vehicle industry workers are set to meet tonight while the strike continues.

Petrol attendants and car repair workers affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) began a nationwide strike for better wages 11 days ago.

Numsa has since rejected a wage offer of 7.5 percent for workers and is demanding a double digit increase.

The union's Elias Kubeka says, "The 7.5 percent increase on minimum wages is not a real increase. We're hoping that employers will come to the party and ensure that we find a solution and return to normality."

The Fuel Retailers Association's Reggie Sibiya says they hope all parties will come to a resolution soon.

"I just hope that all the parties have reflected on the issues of deadlocks and that when we meet again, we'll have some results."

VIOLENCE

The 11-day industrial action has been marred with violence.

While allegations of violence and intimidation have emerged in many areas across South Africa, a Somali petrol attendant died at the weekend after he was allegedly attacked by striking workers.

The 55-year-old victim was allegedly attacked at a Grassy Park petrol station while he and a colleague were working.

He died at Cape Town's Groote Schuur Hospital on Saturday.