Solidarity union to begin strike at Sasol
South Africa’s mainly white Solidarity union will begin a strike on Monday at petrochemicals firm Sasol over a share ownership scheme offered exclusively for black staff.
“We intend to switch off a different section of Sasol each day by means of well-laid and strategic plans,” the union said in a statement.
Sasol, world leader in the technology that converts coal and gas to fuel, said last year it would raise its black ownership levels in Sasol South Africa to at least 25% in a 21 billion rand ($1.5 billion) deal.
Solidarity which has 6,300 members at Sasol’s local operations, said it would embark on the strike action due to the company’s new staff share scheme excluding white employees which it previously called "blatant discrimination against loyal Sasol employees".
Sasol which has around 26,000 employees at its local operations said received notification from the trade union Solidarity of its intent to strike on Monday and was open engagement with the union.
“We have activated contingency measures to minimise potential disruption to our operations,” Sasol said in an emailed response.