Ceppwawu to take strike to employers' headquarters

Workers are demanding a 9% wage hike and employers are holding firm with a 7% offer.

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JOHANNESBURG - Workers affiliated to union Ceppwawu will this morning take their industrial action to pharmaceutical and petrol companies as a strike in the petroleum sector continues.

Talks between the employer and at least 15,000 union members have deadlocked with workers demanding a nine percent wage increase and the employer holding firm to its offer of seven percent.

Ceppwawu now says it will intensify its strike in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Meanwhile the CCMA has confirmed it will be leading the facilitation process to find a solution to the dispute.

Ceppwawu's Clement Chitja says: "It is very difficult to trust employers especially given the arrogance they displayed last Friday when we initiated a meeting with them. So we do not want them to be in their comfort zones, they must feel the pinch and feel the urge to deal with the matter."