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Fedusa urges role players in petrol strike to end dispute

Fedusa says both parties involved in the petroleum sector strike should work to resolve the dispute.

Picture: Katharyn Williams-Jaftha/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) says both parties involved in the petroleum sector strike should work to resolve the dispute as workers now fear losing their jobs.

About 15,000 workers affiliated to Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers' Union ( Ceppwawu) went on strike more than a week ago demanding a 9% increase while employers are offering a maximum of 7%.

Petrol stations in Tshwane appear to be hardest hit with some already operating at a loss due to pumps running dry.

Talks are expected to resume today between the union and the National Employers Petroleum Association after reaching a deadlock earlier this week.

Fedusa's Dennis George said: "We think it's unfair that companies and managers are the ones who want to benefit and when it comes to giving workers a living wage they force them to go on a long strike."