South Africa's petrol attendants to strike
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng (AFP) - Over 160,000 South African workers will be on strike this week when petrol attendants and car repair workers join ongoing stoppages in the construction sector, and more gold miners grumble.
Mass industrial action has pummelled Africa's largest economy since August, with tens of thousands of gold , construction and car manufacturing employees demanding higher pay and stalling production in sectors that represent 10 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).
Now, 73,000 workers at fuel stations and garages will down tools from Monday after talks with employers collapsed, according to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).
They will kick off the strike with marches in Cape Town and Johannesburg, which will spread to other cities later in the week and could severely affect transport and business.