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Solidarity2SowetanLive reports that in an open letter to the two CEOs of Sasol‚ Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell‚ Solidarity accused the company’s management of ignoring white workers in a staff benefit share scheme.  

The trade union declared a dispute against Sasol at the beginning of the year‚ objecting to the exclusion of white employees from Sasol Khanyisa Phase 2‚ which was launched in June this year.  The dispute led to the union embarking on a strike‚ which began last week.  According to Sasol, the intention of the share scheme is to create meaningful financial benefits for approximately 230‚000 black public shareholders and qualifying employees‚ and to achieve 25% direct and indirect black ownership of Sasol SA Limited.  In the letter to Nqwababa and Cornell‚ published on Monday‚ Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said that for Sasol to follow a simplistic race approach that excluded white workers in a scheme aimed at addressing the imbalances of the past was a lazy approach.  “To calculate the worth of white workers in blue overalls according to their race and to present that as a normal intervention to restore imbalances is immoral.”  Hermann also noted that Sasol has awarded share options worth R106-million to its top executive team and Cornell and the other white executives were included “even though you are white.”

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