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Ceppwawu turns to Labour Department over fuel strike impasse

The union believes that such an intervention can help end an 11-day strike affecting fuel stations.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) says it has asked the Labour Department to intervene in its dispute with the National Petroleum Employers' Union.

Ceppwawu believes that such an intervention can help end a strike affecting fuel stations, which is now in its eleventh day.

Negotiations reached a deadlock last week Friday, with both parties refusing to compromise.

Petroleum workers are demanding a 9% wage increase, while the employers' association is only willing to offer 7%.

The union's Jerry Nkosi say, "We have decided to request an intervention from the Department of Labour. We have written to the ministry requesting any intervention that she can offer."

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