Ceppwawu undeterred by poor strike turnout

The union says it will be intensifying its industrial action in GP, MP, WC and KZN.

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JOHANNESBURG - It's been a slow start to the nationwide pickets planned at some petrol companies today, as workers affiliated to the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) continue to strike over wages.

Talks between the union and the National Petroleum Employers' Association deadlocked last week over workers' demand for a nine percent salary hike.

Ceppwawu says it will be intensifying its industrial action in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

A handful of people are picketing outside the Sasol refinery in Alberton this afternoon.

Ceppwawu's Themba Mahlalela says although there's been a small turnout, the union represents about 15,000 workers on this matter.

He says the workers will not budge till their demands are met.

"It is about a decent living wage. We are demanding that our employer must give us a nine percent increase for the duration of one year."

Meanwhile, just two people showed up at the picket outside the Engen depot in Laanglagte this morning - despite calls for members to take a stand together.