Fedusa throws its weight behind fuel sector strike

About 15,000 Ceppwawu members downed tools last week demanding a nine percent wage hike.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) says it supports the ongoing strike in the petroleum sector.

About 15,000 members of the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) downed tools last week demanding a nine percent wage increase while employers are offering only eight.

Talks stalled this week but are expected to resume tomorrow.

Fedusa has called on profitable companies to introduce a living wage for workers so they can maintain a decent life with a dignified standard of living.

Earlier this week, Ceppwawu said it had enough of what it called unscrupulous multinationals making a profit while workers were left poverty stricken.

Fedusa's General Secretary Dennis George says while executive pay and the salaries of workers should be aligned with business performance, the fruits of productivity must be shared with the entire company.

"We think it's unfair in South Africa that companies and managers are the only people that want to benefit from the profits of the company and when it comes to giving the workers a living wage, they always force them to go on long strikes."

Earlier this week, the South African Petroleum Industry Association put on hold the transportation of petrol from its main industrial complex after reports that some non-striking workers were being intimidated.