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Solidarity2Trade union Solidarity issued a press statement on Sunday indicating that several convoys organised by the Solidarity Movement would be converging on Sandton on Thursday for a protest march in support of Sasol workers.  

The petrochemical giant’s employees are protesting against their exclusion from Sasol’s Khanyisa employee share ownership plan.  Streets in Sandton will be closed off while protesters hand over memorandums to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and to Sasol at its head office.  At the same time, Solidarity will serve court papers on Sasol to test the legality of its Khanyisa plan.  The protest comes in the wake of a dispute between Sasol and Solidarity about the exclusion of white workers from Khanyisa.  Solidarity Chief Executive Dirk Hermann commented:  “It is a pity we have to resort to the courts and take to the streets about exclusion based on race.  We were under the impression that there was consensus in South Africa that the absolute exclusion of workers based on race was a thing of the past.  The Mining Charter paved the way in finding a solution to this issue: After years of negotiation government, trade unions, mining companies and communities agreed that all workers must be included in employee share ownership plans.  The premise is that workers are workers and that they should not be divided by race.”  

Major traffic disruption can be expected in Sandton on Thursday.  Solidarity members started with strike action at Sasol at the beginning of September.

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