Time To Fill Up As Ceppwawu Goes On Strike
Time To Fill Up As Ceppwawu Goes On Strike: More than 15,000 employees are expected to go on strike in the petroleum sector this week. The union has been at loggerheads with the National Petroleum Employers’ Association over salary increases, collective bargaining and job security. The Chemical, Energy, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) says the strike will start early on Thursday morning. Ceppawu claims bosses are only willing to offer a 6.5% pay increase while workers are demanding 9%. Ceppwawu’s Clement Chitja said: “Other than the wage increment, on the social aspects, the workers want the right to bargain collectively for everybody.”
Union spokesperson Clement Chitja says, “At such a stage when we believe progress has been done, even if it may not mean meeting all the demands and in the manner that we raised them a settlement may be reached.” “Due to a number of unresolved demands tabled by the union on behalf of workers at the bargaining council, workers will down tools and picket or demonstrate outside their workplaces in terms of strike rules,” said Chitja. Chitja said: “All petroleum suppliers will be affected and unfortunately so will motorists. We want them to know that this is not of our own doing, but we believe a strong message has to be sent to employers. Layton Beard, of the Automobile Association, agreed. “Motorists need to make provision to ensure their tanks are topped up and they are at least covered for some time.