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Ceppwawu urged to call off strike

Negotiations with the union have reached a stalemate and 15,000 members are on strike.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Petroleum Employers' Association (NPEA) says it believes its wage offer is reasonable and fair and it's calling on Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union ( Ceppwawu) to call off its strike.

Negotiations with the union have reached a stalemate and 15,000 members are on strike at oil refineries and depots around the country.

Employers are offering a two-year agreement with seven percent increase in the first year.

But the union is demanding a nine percent hike.

The association's Zimisele Majamane says, "We had four meetings with the union and unfortunately we couldn't see eye-to-eye on too many aspects, one being the percent wage increase and the second one being the duration of the wage agreement."

The Automobile Association has urged motorists to fill their tanks during the strike.

Meanwhile the energy department has announced the petrol price is going down 99 cents a litre from Wednesday.