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Sasol accused of excluding white employees on new BEE share scheme

Sasol has remained firm in its stance that it will not include its white employees in the newly-improved share scheme, Khanyisa.


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Solidarity confirmed, on Tuesday, that it will hold meetings with its members at Sasol to iron out the details pertaining to an impending strike that is fuelled by an alleged bid to exclude white employees from a new share scheme.

The energy and chemical company announced in the fourth quarter of 2017 that it would introduce a newly-improved share scheme, Khanyisa, replacing the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) empowerment scheme, Inzalo.

The part of this that has caused an internal uproar is the news that the new share scheme would not include white employees.

Taking the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), the employees were encouraged earlier in the year when it was ruled that they had every right to protest against this new scheme.

Reyneke claims Sasol is in support of racial tensions

However, it appears that Sasol has disregarded the ruling will keep its prerequisites in for inclusion in the scheme in place.

Deon Reyneke, who is Solidarity’s Deputy General-Secretary, was highly critical of Stephen Cornell’s – the chemical company’s Chief Executive Officer – stance on not amending the scheme’s inclusion measures.

Reyneke further stated that

“what Cornell is really telling his white employees is that the company does not regard them as worthy enough, and in reality, he is challenging those employees to exercise their full rights.”

Reyneke is sure that this decision of segregating employees based on their race is a recipe for racial tensions and does not make for a healthy working environment.

“Solidarity members are not going to let it happen that they are being excluded simply because of their race. It would. however, appear as if Mr Cornell is not taking that into account, and that he considers it to be just to exclude someone simply because of the colour of his skin, even though he might  have been a faithful Sasol employee for the past 35 years,” he said.

Reyneke promised that his members were prepared to exercise their full rights.