Operations expected to return to normal as fuel sector strike ends

Workers accepted a 7% wage increase from the National Employers’ Association of South Africa.

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JOHANNESBURG - Operations are expected to be back to normal at petrol stations across the country after workers accepted a seven percent wage increase from the National Employers' Association of South Africa.

About 15,000 workers affiliated to Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers' Union (Ceppwawu) went on strike about three weeks ago demanding a nine percent wage increase.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration intervened to reach a deal between the two parties.

Ceppwawu's Jerry Nkosi says all its members are expected back at work by Monday.

"The issues for us is that some workers when they strike, they go back home and might not even be aware [that the strike is over]. By Monday we are of the view that everyone will be aware that we had an agreement and everyone will be at work."