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Bloomberg: South African Oil Companies Improved Pay Offer, Union Says

By Carli Lourens

Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other oil refiners in South Africa improved their wage offer to local workers in a bid to end a strike that has led to fuel shortages in Africa’s largest economy.

“We can’t say yet what the improvement is,” Welile Nolingo, secretary-general of the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (CEPPWAWU) said by phone from Johannesburg today. “We’re still negotiating.”

The union sought an 8.5 percent increase plus other benefits. Employers had offered 8 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Carli Lourens in Johannesburg at [email protected] .

Last Updated: August 4, 2007 14:02 EDT

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