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sasolFin24 reports that the National Bargaining Council for the Chemical Industry (NBCCI) has withdrawn Sasol's variation licence - for employees to work overtime - due to health and safety concerns.  

According to a letter from the bargaining council to Sasol on Monday, the company’s variation licence GP 11/17 has been suspended with immediate effect.  The NBCCI received several complaints from trade union Solidarity of unsafe operating conditions at the company’s Sasolburg operations.  The licence was granted to Sasol by the NBCCI on 23 October for 12 months on the basis that it could be withdrawn at any time, at its discretion.  Solidarity embarked on phased industrial action at the petrochemical giant on 3 September, in protest against the broad based black economic empowerment scheme, Khanyisa Phase 2, which it claims discriminates against white employees.  The union wrote several letters to the NBCCI complaining of “unsafe conditions” at Sasolburg during the strike and questioned whether workers were informed of their rights to withdraw from unsafe working conditions, afforded rest periods and training.  According to the NBCCI, the suspension will remain in place, pending the resolution of the health and safety contraventions at the Sasolburg operations and the matter will be addressed by the organisation’s Operations Committee “as a matter of urgency”.

  • Read this report by Tehillah Niselow in full at Fin24

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