Ceppwawu prepares to intensify industrial action

Demonstrations are expected in four of the country’s provinces over workers’ 9% wage hike demand.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) says it will be intensifying its industrial action with pickets and demonstrations expected in four of the country's provinces.

Talks between Ceppwawu and the National Petrol Employer's Association deadlocked last week, over workers' demand for a nine percent salary hike.

The strike has dragged on for at least two weeks now.

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Fuel pumps ran dry in several parts of Gauteng at the start of the strike, with employers accusing those taking part of intimidating their non-striking colleagues.

At the same time, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration has also confirmed that it will be leading the facilitation process to find a solution to the dispute.

Ceppwawu's Clement Chitja says, "We are expecting all our shop steward in the affected provinces to be released on time off so that they all go to pledge their solidarity with the striking workers in the pharmaceutical companies as well as petroleum companies."