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protestFin24 reports that trade union Solidarity says it has again applied for permission to embark on a one-day sympathy strike in protest against a black economic empowerment share scheme impacting some of its members at Sasol.  

On Friday, the South Gauteng High Court ruled against the National Economic Development and Labour Council's (Nedlac’s) refusal to grant Solidarity a Section 77 (i.e. protest action) notice, and the statutory body will now need to review its decision.  Solidarity wants all of its 180,000 members countrywide to down tools in solidarity with those at Sasol.  Solidarity’s mostly white members have been undertaking phased industrial action at Sasol since 3 September over the company’s new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment employee share scheme known as Khanyisa Phase 2.  The parties will head to the CCMA on Wednesday in a bid to break their deadlock.  Solidarity’s chief executive, Dirk Hermann, said the union was going ahead with the Nedlac strike application process, as they did not know what the outcome of the CCMA process would be and "there’s no indication that Sasol wants to come with a new offer".  Sasol said on Sunday that it continued to ensure that running of operations and its shutdown schedule were progressing safely and that the situation was being monitored ahead of the CCMA talks on Wednesday.

  • Read this report by Tehillah Niselow in full at Fin24

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