Strikes in South Africa disrupt caustic soda supply

27 September 2012 17:03  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Strikes by several national transport unions in South Africa have been disrupting caustic soda supply to end-users since the beginning of this week, several sources said on Thursday.

Transport unions have demanded an increase in wages. Following a breakdown in negotiations, workers went on strike, blocking roads and disrupting the transportation of goods.

"We are plagued with strikes and they are affecting everyone," one caustic soda buyer said.

South Africa is a net importer of caustic soda and buyers rely on truck deliveries from major ports, including Durban.

One producer and two buyers said lead times have increased and that they were not sure how long the situation will last.

The new protest comes after several mines in South Africa were shutdown in recent weeks because of strikes, lowering caustic soda demand temporarily.

It is unclear how long transport workers will continue to block the roads.

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