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South Africa’s Strikes Spread to Gas Stations, Car Dealerships

Strikes in South Africa will spread to gas stations and car dealerships after a deadlock in wage negotiations with employers, a union said.

About 72,000 workers will down tools on Sept. 2 after a breakdown in talks between the union, the Fuel Retailers Association and Retail Motor Industry Organization, the Johannesburg-based National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said in an e-mailed statement today. The proposed strike follows a walkout from Aug. 19 of around 30,000 workers in car plants operated by manufacturers including Toyota Motor Corp., Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and Volkswagen AG.

Africa’s biggest economy has been wracked by labor disputes for more than a year, hurting economic growth. Work stoppages are in progress at construction companies and state-owned airline South African Airways, while strikes are being threatened in the gold mining industry.

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