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Solidarity set to continue strike at Sasol - Report

Mining News - Published on Fri, 21 Sep 2018

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Mail & Guardian reported that trade union Solidarity is set to continue its strike at petrochemical company Sasol after it was unable to reach a resolution at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). The meeting has since been deferred to October 3 as Sasol and Solidarity awaits clarity on the working in the draft mining charter which is currently before Cabinet. The dispute arose at the beginning of this year over Sasol’s latest broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) scheme.

Sasol Khanyisa was launched in June this year, following the approval of Sasol’s shareholders last November. The share scheme is intended to financially benefit 230?000 black public shareholders and black permanent employees financially.

Khanyisa also aims to have 25% of Sasol South Africa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasol, under direct, and indirect, black ownership.

Solidarity received permission to strike in May following two failed negotiations with Sasol. It has been on a go-slow for the last two-and-a-half weeks. The trade union said on Wednesday that it has slowed production at Sasol’s Secunda and Sasolburg plants by 96 hours.

The two operations supply most of the fuel in Gauteng, the northern Free State, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Gauteng accounts for 60% of the national fuel demand, consuming 15-billion litres a year.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 21 Sep 2018
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