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Sapia assures motorists fuel pumps won't run dry

The South African Petroleum Industry Association says more than 80% of workers have not downed tools.

Petrol. Picture: Katharyn Williams-Jaftha/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has assured motorists that fuel pumps won't run dry.

A strike among workers in the petroleum producing sector has entered its second day.

Chemical workers union Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union is demanding a 9% pay hike, while employers have offered 6.5%.

Sapia's Avhapfani Tshifularo says while some refineries are not operating at full staff capacity, more than 80% of employees haven't downed tools.

"What will likely happen for those people who are saying that some stations are dry, it's probably an issue of delay because if you don't have all the people that you require, probably, there will be slow movement of product going into the service station."