Ceppwawu expected to go on strike

More than 15,000 employees are expected to go on strike in the petroleum sector this week.

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JOHANNESBURG - More than 15,000 employees are expected to go on strike in the petroleum sector this week.

The Chemical, Energy, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) says the strike will start early on Thursday morning.

The union has been at loggerheads with the National Petroleum Employers' Association over salary increases, collective bargaining and job security.



While Ceppwawu wants a nine percent wage hike over one year, employers are only willing to offer a multi-year agreement.

Union spokesperson Clement Chitja says, "At such a stage when we believe progress has been done, even if it may not mean meeting all the demands and in the manner that we raised them a settlement may be reached."