The strike of petrol attendants annoys me greatly …

If one watches American movies one notices that drivers put their own petrol or “gas” in their tanks. Without any help from an attendant. Their “gas” price is lower than our petrol price. Filling a motor vehicle with petrol is not a very difficult thing to do. I would happily do it in return for a lower price at the pump and the saved tip.

Hands off to South African consumers.  How can this be right?

Hands off to South African consumers. How can this be right?

So my cousin owns a petrol station. I asked him why he doesn’t have a self-service lane. The answer – ‘the law’. Act 58 of 2003 is the Petroleum Products Amendment Act, 2003. It says, inter alia, “(5) No person may make use of a business practice, method of trading, agreement, arrangement, scheme or understanding which is aimed at or would result in- self-service by consumers of prescribed petroleum products on the premises of a licensed retailer.” . In other words, these workers are protected by law and we, the consumer, are obliged, by law, to pay them to do what we are perfectly capable of doing by ourselves. Most South Africans who have the luxury of cars simply accept this as a further tax and a very necessary evil in order to employ the thousands of petrol attendants who would otherwise be unable to feed their families.

Now these ungrateful, unnecessary workers go on strike. Now petrol is a necessary item. Herein lies the problem. The law of the country has decided that these unnecessary people are actually doing an essential service (without petrol my safety and my health is immediately threatened). The consumers MAY NOT tap it themselves. Therefore the petrol attendants should be forbidden from going on strike because they are actually providing an essential, although ironically completely unnecessary, service. What should happen in response to this is that consumers should insist on self-service (at least self service lanes) so that the consumers can save money at the pumps by filling up themselves. Then where will these people be? Stuck at home without incomes. And they will have brought it on themselves. None of this “legal strike” rubbish – simply do away with the law which makes them workers in the first place. These workers are actually already a drain on the resources of a people paying a myriad unseen taxes. Time to do away with this particular one.


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3 Responses to The strike of petrol attendants annoys me greatly …

  1. j. brooks spector says:

    on the other hand i get my tires checked, oil and water filled as needed, a smile and a brief, pleasant conversation with someone outside my usual circle. doesn’t really hurt me and enriches me in a small, subtle way about other people’s views on things. consider it a small payment for a brief opinion survey?

  2. Johan says:

    Brief opinion or a smile, hell no!! That i can do myself and i wont have the the pains of worrying about a stupid petrol attendant that goes on strike. This is something any South African can do for themselves and we as a nation, can stand together and demand from government to remove these simple laws. Even if it means that i save 5c at the pump for every liter pumped. Then there will be no strikes and the self service method can be implemented without any worries. On the other hand, there are to many dishonest people that would just drive off without paying. Talk n necessary evil?

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