Numsa, petroleum sector employers still locked in mediation

Numsa has warned that if the talks collapse garage employees will also join the ongoing petrol sector strike.

FILE: Striking Numsa members march in Randburg over increase in wages. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa ( Numsa) is still locked in mediation with employers in the petroleum sector over unpaid wages for its members working at petrol stations across the country.

The union entered into a second round of mediation this morning, calling on employers to pay attendants their full wages regardless of whether their businesses are operating.

Employees are being turned away from work without pay at some petrol stations due to the shortage of fuel at.

Numsa has warned that if the talks collapse, garage employees will also join the ongoing petrol sector strike.

Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) affiliated workers went on strike two weeks ago demanding a 9% wage increase.

Numsa's Irvin Jim says, "Our workers must be prepared for a strike action. We will be doing everything in this mediation, but if employers take a hard-line stance as we have been given feedback that they're arrogant, then we would have to put down [every tool] very soon."