Three-week long petrol strike finally over

The union has confirmed it’s accepted the employer’s initial offer, ending a three-week strike.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) has confirmed it's accepted the seven percent wage increase initially proposed by the Employers Association, ending a three-week long strike.

This follows protracted talks facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

Workers went on strike demanding a nine percent hike, among other demands, but negotiations deadlocked without a compromise.

Ceppwawu says all employees will be back at work by Monday.

The union's Jerry Nkosi says, "We've agreed on seven percent on the wage increase. On the implementation, it has been agreed that will be from 1 July 2016."

Last month, about 15,0000 workers affiliated to Ceppwawu downed tools, demanding a nine percent wage increase.

Talks later deadlocked, seeing petrol stations across the country especially in Gauteng running dry.