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Association claims refinery workers have best paid jobs amid strike deadlock

The petrol strike has entered its twelfth day, and there is still no end in sight.

The Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) wants the Labour Department to intervene in its dispute with the National Petroleum Employers Association (NPEA).

Petroleum workers are demanding a 9% wage increase, while the employers’ association is only willing to offer 7% on a one-year agreement.

Negotiations reached a deadlock last week Friday, as both parties refused to compromise.

NPEA's Deputy Chairman Zimisele Majamane says that its members are delivering fuel supply to the various affected areas to try minimise overall disruptions until the dispute is resolved.

Majamane insists that the association's workers are the best paid employees in the industry, but could not disclose an average monthly salary.

He says the decrease in the crude oil price has affected industry revenues, with fuel companies implementing various cost-cutting measures.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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