The Retail Motor Industry and the Fuel Retailers’ Association succumbed to union pressure yesterday, offering a new wage proposal that may prevent a strike within the retail motor industry.

The Retail Motor Industry and the Fuel Retailers’ Association succumbed to union pressure yesterday, offering a new wage proposal which may prevent a strike within the retail motor industry.

Talking to CARtoday.com on Wednesday, National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa) spokesman Dumisa Ntuli said strike action had been planned for September 1.

If the strike by the 180 000 Numsa members were to go ahead, it would halt operations at petrol stations, vehicle component manufacturers, panel beaters and car dealerships.

Yesterday, Ntuli said the union was consulting with its members on the new wage offer. The Retail Motor Industry’s (RMI) Jakkie Olivier said the parties had agreed to the new package in principle.

"This agreement effectively implies that any possibility of an industrial action has been averted," Olivier said.

However, Ntuli said unless Numsa’s members made a decision on the new offer, the strike would go ahead as planned. The parties are scheduled to meet on August 23 to sign the agreement.