South Africa: Majority-white union strikes over black share scheme at Sasol

Thousands of members of the majority-white trade union 'Solidarity' went on strike at Sasol's flagship Secunda plant on Wednesday to protest against a share scheme offered exclusively to black staff. Workers clad in orange marched to the gates of the petrochemcial works and held a rally. One union member called Sasol's decision to sell shares to black-only employees «discrimination». Another... Еще said it was taking South Africa «back to the apartheid era». The company says the Khanyisa Scheme is in line with a requirement that South African companies meet quotas on black ownership, employment and procurement. The government introduced the policy to end huge disparities in wealth since Apartheid which still favour the white minority. Solidarity's Deputy General-Secretary Dirk Hermann hoped Sasol could «find a kind of a balance» which satisfies all parties.

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