Trade union Solidarity’s members have timed their industrial action at Sasol to coincide with a planned maintenance shutdown at its Secunda and Sasolburg plants, and any delays in restarting operations could cause significant financial losses for the company, the union said. Solidarity members largely comprise artisans and other skilled workers who are integral to such a planned shutdown. The employees are highly trained and of major strategic importance to the petrochemicals firm, the union said. Solidarity’s white members are protesting their exclusion from the company’s new employee share ownership scheme, Sasol Khanyisa. Deon Reyneke, Solidarity’s deputy general secretary, said for safety reasons it would have been difficult to stop production when Sasol operations were at full production but the planned shutdown has provided the 6,300 union members an opportunity to slow down the process and potentially delay the restarting of operations at great cost to the company.

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