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sasolFin24 reports that Solidarity and Sasol were unable to reach an agreement at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Wednesday, the union said in a statement.  

According to Solidarity CEO Dr Dirk Hermann, the mediation was deferred to get more clarity on the final Mining Charter’s wording, which is presently before Cabinet for approval.  It seems that according to this charter, all workers, irrespective of race, must be part of employee share ownership plans.  Meanwhile, Solidarity’s strike continues.  According to latest reports, Sasol’s maintenance project is already about 144 hours behind schedule.  Solidarity has also decided to escalate the strike to a day of protest involving all 180,000 of its members.  Last week, the high court set aside a decision by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) not to approve Solidarity’s application for all its members to go on a lawful strike in a show of solidarity with the Sasol workers.  Solidarity will again represent its case for protest action before Nedlac this coming Friday.  Sasol spokesperson Alex Anderson on Wednesday evening defended the company’s Khanyisa scheme, the race-based exclusionary terms of which are what has led to the dispute and strike.  "We look forward to further constructive engagements with Solidarity when we reconvene," he indicated.

  • Read this report in full at Fin24
  • See too, Sasol, Solidarity unable to reach agreement, at Engineering News
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at SA Labour News


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