Strike loomings at Petrol stations as the union prepares.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) plans to launch a strike in the vehicle industry – including at petrol stations, dealerships and vehicle manufacturers – if employers do not give into its demands, which includes a night-shift allowance for petrol station workers.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Numsa said mediation efforts at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) have broken down and that it has rejected a three-year wage offer by the employers in the sector.
This entailed a wage hike of CPI plus 1.5% for the first year, followed by 5.5% for the second year and 5.5% in the third year for workers at vehicle manufacturers. Employees of component companies, and fuel station workers, would get the same in the second and third year but a fixed 6% in the first year.
Numsa says this offer does not differ from the employers’ opening offer. “They have hardly compromised, whilst we have compromised a lot. Throughout negotiations, they have stubbornly refused to deal with issues relating to working conditions as raised by our members.”