The Solidarity trade union will begin a strike at Sasol on Monday over a share ownership scheme offered exclusively to black staff. Solidarity said at the weekend that it had planned for three weeks of industrial action. It said its 6,300 members were highly trained employees of "major strategic importance" to the petrochemicals firm. "We intend to switch off a different section of Sasol each day by means of well-laid and strategic plans," the union said. Sasol, a world leader in the technology that converts coal and gas to fuel, said last year it would raise its black ownership levels in Sasol SA to at least 25% in a R21bn deal. Sasol recently introduced a new 10-year staff share scheme, Khanyisa phase 2, which excludes white workers and foreign nationals. According to Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann, in practice the new scheme implies that a Sasol employee with 30 years’ service at Sasol will receive nothing while someone who has worked at Sasol for only three months will receive shar...

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