If you’re running low on petrol then now is probably a good time to head to a garage and fill up because South African petrol stations may run dry in less than 3 days due to a strike. The warning comes from a union official after petrol industry workers went on strike yesterday demanding an increase in pay of 9%. It is estimated that around 20 000 refinery and petrol transport workers have gone on strike.
The Automobile Association of South Africa has issued a fuel strike advisory saying it will “start to impact motorists once the pumps at petrol stations start to run dry” and that the Association “has advised motorists to ensure they top up their fuel tanks as regularly as reasonably possible. In addition, the AA said motorists should avoid taking unnecessary journeys”.
“These workers transport petrol and work in the refineries, so the impact will be huge if the strike is prolonged,” Clement Chitja, spokesperson for the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU), told AFP.
“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.
“With our members and other unions, more than 20 000 workers are on strike.” [Fin24]
You have been warned.