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Solidarity2Fin24 reports that the South Gauteng High Court on Friday ruled against a decision by Nedlac to refuse an application by trade union Solidarity for all its 180,000 members to take protest action countrywide in protest against a black economic empowerment share scheme impacting some of its members at Sasol.  

While the ruling means Nedlac (National Economic Development and Labour Council) will now have to review its decision, it doesn't as such give Solidarity the all-clear to call its members out.  Solidarity approached the court on an urgent basis for the right of its members to take protest action in solidarity with white Sasol employees who have downed tools against what they claim is racial exclusion in Sasol's black economic empowerment share scheme, known as Sasol Khanyisa Phase 2.  Nedlac had initially opposed the urgent application made in terms of section 77 of the Labour relations Act, arguing that it lacked the necessary authority to consider Solidarity's "demands".  However, the court found that there was "no merit in contention by the first respondent (Nedlac) that it does not have the power to entertain the applicant's section 77(1)(b) application.  That decision therefore stands to be reviewed".  Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann reacted:  “We are planning a huge protest action to support Sasol members and to protest racial exclusion.  It will be a historical protest expressing a voice not heard before.”

  • Read this report by Jeanette Chabalala in full at Fin24
  • Read too, Solidarity plans ‘historic’ national strike over racial exclusion, at The Citizen
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity News

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