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Fuel refinery strike set to continue after negotiation deadlock

Ceppwawu’s head of bargaining, Clement Chitja, says the strike won't end until workers’ demands are met.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Negotiations between Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) and the National Petroleum Employers Association have reached yet another deadlock.

Both parties have refused to compromise, with the union demanding a nine percent increase and the association only willing to offer seven percent.

Ceppwawu's head of bargaining, Clement Chitja, says the strike will not end until workers' demands are met.

"We still stand by the nine percent that we tabled as a deal, and if the employers are still standing at seven percent then it is likely to be unresolved."

Meanwhile, the employers' association's Zimisele Majamane says the deadlock is unfortunate.

"Unfortunately, we could not reach an agreement, so the position is still the same as before; all the parties still maintain in their respective positions."

The strike by 15,000 petroleum workers is going into its second week and has led to many petrol stations running dry in Gauteng.

(Edited Masechaba Sefularo)