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Ceppwawu members down tools for higher wages

Production at oil refineries and depots are expected to be affected by the strike.

Picture: Freeimages.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) has announced a strike this morning with picketing and demonstrations expected at oil refineries.

Fifteen thousand of its members have downed tools demanding a 9% wage increase from the National Employment Association (NEA), which is only offering 6,5%.

While petrol attendants will still report for duty, oil refineries and depots will be affected and motorists have been urged to fill up their tanks.

Union spokesperson Clement Chitja says the strike will continue until their demands are met.

"Our members who were supposed to start the morning shift at 6am have gathered at their work places and will have addresses from leadership. They will be picketing and toyi-toying. After that they will disperse and the strike will take the form of a stay-away over the weekend."