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sasolBloomberg reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has ruled that workers at Sasol are allowed to strike over the exclusion of white staff from an employee shareholding plan.  

Trade union Solidarity, which represents skilled, mainly white workers, registered a dispute with the CCMA after Sasol introduced benefits which it said would exclude workers based on race.  "The commissioner ruled in our favour saying that this is a strikeable dispute," Deon Reyneke, the deputy general secretary at Solidarity, said.  The matter was referred back to the CCMA for conciliation before a certificate allowing permission to hold a strike was awarded, he indicated.  Sasol has struggled to improve its empowerment structure since the outgoing plan, known as Inzalo, failed to pay out to more than 250,000 black South Africans who participated in the transaction after the stock was battered by a slump in crude prices.

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