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sasolFin24 reports that trade union Solidarity has accused Sasol of compromising safety by making workers who are not properly trained replace its striking members at the Sasolburg plant.  

Hundreds of white Solidarity members are on strike over their exclusion from Sasol's new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment employee share scheme.  The union said in a statement on Sunday that Sasol was running the Sasolburg plant with staff who “do not have the necessary clearances and certifications” – causing concern over the safety of employees.  “The decision to keep the plant running with the services of employees who are not duly qualified to do so, is reckless,” said the union.  The strike is now in its third week.  But the petrochemicals giant has refuted Solidarity’s claim, insisting there was no indication that safety had been compromised at Sasolburg.  Solidarity also alleged that the strike had affected the firm's scheduled shutdown at Secunda.  Sasol has attributed the delays to “technical challenges” which have already been resolved.  Meanwhile, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will on Wednesday begin talks with the parties aimed at ending the impasse.

  • Read this report in full at Fin24
  • Read too, Sasol ontken Sasolburg-aanleg is ‘onveilig’, at Maroela Media
  • And also, Solidariteit sê Sasol-staking ‘verloop presies volgens plan’, at Maroela Media
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement at SA Labour News

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