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Fill your tanks now before chemical workers’ pay strike, AA warns

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The Automobile Association (AA) has advised motorists to ensure they have fuel ahead of a strike by the Chemical‚ Energy‚ Paper‚ Printing‚ Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (CEPPWAWU) set to begin on Thursday 28th July 2016.

"It is our understanding that the strike will affect all refineries and depots of petroleum companies. This strike does not include petrol pump attendants‚ but will start to impact motorists once the pumps at petrol stations start to run dry‚" the AA said.

It recommends that motorists top up their fuel tanks as regularly as reasonably possible, and avoid unnecessary journeys and stop-start driving to conserve fuel.

"Driving with an air-conditioner on‚ speeding‚ and driving in peak hour traffic will consume fuel quicker. We therefore advise motorists to adjust their driving patterns as far as possible to ensure that the fuel in their tanks lasts that bit longer‚" the AA said.

It is not known how long the strike will last. Workers are demanding a 9% pay hike.

Sasol said earlier on Wednesday it has contingency plans to ensure minimal disruption to its customers.

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