NATIONAL – Durbanites are not sure how to react over the petrol situation in the country, as many pumps run dry as a result of the strike called on by Ceppwawu, last week.
A drop in fuel prices, going down by 99c, is also expected to happen this week Wednesday. But while this might be a good reason to celebrate, Durbanites remain wary. “Mighty convenient that the fuel price drops on the day of voting. But the fact that the workers within the fuel sector are striking shows that there is something shady about the situation. What’s the point of a decrease in fuel price, when there’s no fuel to even buy? They need to sort it out soon to make this decrease seem legit,” said local resident, Mohammed Ismail.
But the National Petroleum Employers’ Association reported that it was only a fraction of the sector that embarked on the strike, namely the trucking sector. Ceppwawu is pushing for a one-year agreement for 9 percent. The standing offer from NPEA is at 7 percent. The association said that this would not affect the plan to drop the fuel price. The strike will be in its seventh day, when the petrol price will drop by 99 cents a litre with diesel dropping by 73-74 cents a litre and the price of illuminating paraffin falling by 88 cents a litre.
The strike is in its fifth day.