Solidarity takes to the streets over Sasol empowerment scheme
Members of trade federation Solidarity took to the streets of Sandton on Thursday to protest against their exclusion from Sasol’s new employee share ownership scheme, Khanyisa. More than 2,000 union members wore bright orange Solidarity branded t-shirts and caps and marched from a nearby park to the JSE and then to the Sasol headquarters, where leaders delivered memorandums. They chanted “genoeg is genoeg” (enough is enough) and “sies Sasol” as they neared the respective buildings, and were greeted with the odd hoot from passing vehicles and puzzled stares from onlookers. Solidarity said the exclusion of their white members from the Khanyisa scheme, launched on June 1, is out of step with international conventions to fight discrimination, the spirit of the Mining Charter, and the core values of the constitution. It also claims it violates certain provisions of the Employment Equity Act. Sasol has maintained that Khanyisa is not part of Sasol’s employee remuneration or benefit struct...
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