May 23, 2017

Petro pumps strike could derail South Africa’s economy in three days

In three days, South Africa’s industries could feel the impact of the ongoing strike by 20, 000 petroleum industry workers, who are demanding for a 9% pay rise while oil companies including Sasol, Chevron and Total SA say they can only manage 7%.

According to AFP, Clement Chitja, spokesperson for the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU), warned that “pumps at filling stations could run dry in three days”.

“These workers transport petrol and work in the refineries, so the impact will be huge if the strike is prolonged.

“The petrol stations may run dry in three days or so, but it is not our intention. The employers must come to us with better offers,” he stressed.

The fuel-intensive mining sector is likely to be amongst the sectors hit the most, with a possibility of downtime.

 South Africa has earned the notoriety of being called the “world’s strike capital” and winter (from the month of May to July) is unofficially referred to as “the strike season”.

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