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sasolFin24 reports that Solidarity is planning to go ahead with strike action against Sasol over its new empowerment scheme, Sasol Khanyisa.  

On Wednesday, the trade union’s deputy CEO Johan Kruger confirmed that it was finalising the mandate for a strike against the energy and chemical company.  In June, the CCMA issued Solidarity with a certificate of non-resolution of a dispute, after having held hearings with both Solidarity and Sasol over a dispute about the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) scheme.  The certificate means that the union can embark on a protected strike, by giving Sasol 48 hours’ notice.  Kruger explained that the scheme excluded white employees, and by striking the union hoped to get Sasol to introduce a similar scheme for white employees.  Sasol Khanyisa received the approval of Sasol shareholders, and Kruger said it would be complicated to get shareholders to reverse that decision.  A date for the strike has not yet been set.  Solidarity and Sasol met at the CCMA on Wednesday to establish picketing rules.  The union hopes to rally the support of other members working at other companies because it says the matter is bigger than Sasol.  Solidarity has 6,300 members working at Sasol.  

  • Read this report by Lameez Omarjee in full at Fin24

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