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Ceppwawu: Workers expected back today after strike

Ceppwawu has also asked the employer for time to contact workers who are not in immediate reach.

Picture: Katharyn Williams-Jaftha/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers' Union (Ceppwawu) says while all its members should be back at work this morning following a strike in the petroleum sector, it's asked the employer for time to contact workers who are not in immediate reach.

About 15,000 workers affiliated to the union downed tools demanding a nine percent hike, while the employers said it could only afford seven percent.

Both parties have now agreed on seven percent after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) intervened.

Ceppwawu's Clement Chitja says, "Workers have been returning to work. The issue was that some workers were striking by staying at home and because they were off the picket line, we couldn't immediately communicate with them."