The National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and employers in the auto retail sector were heading back to the negotiation table on Thursday as the strike entered its 10th day.
Numsa rejected the last offer of a 7.5% wage increase with workers demanding a double-digit raise.
The union has demanded a R30 an hour across the board increase by 2016 on actual rates of pay in all sectors, and divisions for workers earning above R6000 a month.
The union’s national treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo said he was hopeful employers would "put a proper offer" on the table.
The employers - represented by The Fuel Retailers' Association (FRA) and the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) organisation - were confident the deadlock would be resolved, but stressed that they need to ensure any agreements would not compromise industry sustainability.
"We would like to see an agreement being signed as soon as possible. Our employees have expectations so we are very optimistic," FRA CEO Reggie Sibiya told Fin24.
"We believe that there needs to be a balance between employer and employee value propositions, so we hope that we find each other and move forward."
Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Labour Court has issued an interdict to prevent striking petrol attendants and car mechanics from resorting to violence during their strike.