Mkhululi Ndamase, Cindy Preller, Leonie Wagner
THOUSANDS of workers in the fuel and retail motor industry are expected to down tools on Monday (02/09/2013), as concerns mount over violent incidents that have marred the growing wave of strikes across the country.
The fuel retail industry said it had not received an official notice of the strike from the union.
Fuel Retail Association chief executive Reggie Sibiya said a strike would be unfortunate but the industry would plan around it and do what it could to protect businesses.
"However, we have not received any official notice from Numsa and are going ahead with a mediation meeting scheduled for [today] in Gauteng," he said.
The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said 72000 petrol station, component, automotive retail, car and spare parts dealership and fitment workshop workers, as well as truck body and trailer builders and panelbeaters would take part in the strike from Monday.
The union said it had planned marches and demonstrations in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and other provinces.
"We are fully aware of the pain strike action causes, but the workers are prepared to bite the bullet since they will achieve more when fighting as a collective and mighty force," Numsa said.
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