South African mainly white industry union to strike over ‘racial exclusion’

South African petro-chemical company Sasol's synthetic fuel plant in Secunda, north of Johannesburg (file photo) Image copyright Reuters Symbol caption Employees at Sasol’s South African operations are to strike over a new stocks possession scheme

A South African trade union with principally white individuals is to begin strikes at a petrochemical company over a share scheme to be had handiest to black workers, which it says is “blatant discrimination”.

Businesses in South Africa are required to meet black possession quotas underneath rules supposed to offset the impact of apartheid-technology policies.

The Sasol company mentioned final year that it would build up black possession in its native operations to no less than 25%.

The moves are due to start on Monday.

Sasol converts coal and gas to gasoline.

The Harmony Union has 6,300 individuals in Sasol’s South African operations and says it’s unfair that simplest black staff are eligible to obtain the shares.

In a press release on its website, it described the planned three weeks of commercial action as “the primary time within the history of South Africa that white employees strike on account of racial exclusion”.

“We intend to switch off a different portion of Sasol on a daily basis by technique of smartly-laid and strategic plans,” it added.

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