Striking workers may incapacitate fuel stations

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As many as 72 000 workers at South Africa’s petrol stations and car dealerships will go on strike for higher wages from next week, the country’s leading manufacturing union has said.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said in a statement that workers would go on strike from Monday “in demand of a living wage and improved conditions of employment and service”.

South Africa’s headline consumer inflation breached the ceiling of the central bank’s target band in July, overshooting market expectations as higher fuel prices weighed on consumer prices.

Headline inflation in July hit 6.3% year-on-year, accelerating from 5.5% in June, data from Statistics South Africa showed.

This adds to a wave of strikes in already impacting the South African economy, from the mining industry to construction.


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