South Africa: Fuel Supply Risk As Transnet Strike Enters Its Third Week

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Siseko Njobeni
24 May 2010

Johannesburg — THE petroleum industry and other key sectors are bracing for disruption after SA’s largest transport union, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), this weekend rejected Transnet’s latest salary increase offer and vowed to prolong its strike into a third week.

The union said it would lobby for sympathy strikes from other unions which, if successful, could potentially cripple key sectors battling with a two-week backlog.

Of particular concern will be the availability of fuel supplies to the inland areas, 17 days before the start of the World Cup. The continuation of the strike threatens to cause a huge backlog in SA’s freight, fuel and other depots.

Avhapfani Tshifularo, executive director of the South African Petroleum Industry Association , yesterday said while the strike at [continue reading]

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