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Solidarity members to march to Sasol offices against alleged discrimination of white employees

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Solidarity members to march to Sasol offices against alleged discrimination of white employees

While phase one of the employee share scheme will benefit all staff, only black employees will benefit from the second phase.

Thousands of Solidarity members are expected to march on Thursday, 25 October 2018 to Sasol’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg, to serve the company with court papers.

The serving of the court documents comes in the wake of a dispute between Sasol and Solidarity because white employees at Sasol have allegedly been excluded from the Khanyisa employee share scheme. Solidarity will ask the Labour Court to find that the total exclusion of a particular group of employees based on their race amounts to unfair discrimination.

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According to Solidarity Chief Executive, Dr Dirk Hermann, members gave the trade union a mandate to intensify the action against Sasol. This led to the decision to stage the protest march and to go to court.

“It is a pity that we have to go to court about something that so obviously cannot be morally justified. The total exclusion of any group of employees can never be justified. This form of racial exclusion also takes place at other companies and that is why we have decided to present a memorandum to the JSE as well,” Hermann said.

The greater Solidarity Movement, that includes AfriForum, Solidarity Helping Hand, the FAK and the School Support Centre (SOS), gave its support to the march.

Solidarity members started with the strike at Sasol at the beginning of September 2018, which led to major disruption in Sasol’s production. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) joined the dispute, but Sasol refused to make any concessions.

Thabo Baloyi
t.baloyi@politicalanalysis.co.za

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