SOLIDARITY MEMBERS MARCH AGAINST BEE SCHEME
EWN / 25 OCTOBER 2018 - 13.06 / MICHEAL PEDRO
White workers affiliated to solidarity are against the Khanyisa share scheme which is meant to empower black employees.
JOHANNESBURG - Solidarity members marched in Sandton on Thursday afternoon against Sasol's Khanyisa share scheme, which they say is exclusionary.
Hundreds of Solidarity Movement members marched to the JSE and Sasol’s head office in
Sandton on 25 October 2018. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN
The march began in Mushroom Farm Park up to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange building.
White workers affiliated to Solidarity are against the Khanyisa share scheme which is meant to empower black employees.
While phase one of the scheme will benefit all staff, only black employees will benefit from the second phase.
Solidarity members started with a strike at Sasol at the beginning of last month.
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration joined the dispute, but Sasol refused to make any concessions.
Solidarity's Johan Kruger said: “It’s not only about Sasol, but it’s also a bigger issue. It’s about dividing the working class in races. We have been there, we can go forward, we must go forward, we cannot exclude white workers from a benefit scheme on account of their skin colour.”
SOLIDARITY PLEASED WITH MARCH OUTCOME
Solidarity says its pleased with the outcome of Thursday’s march in Sandton.
The union handed over lists of demands to both Sasol and the JSE outlining their objections with Sasol's Khanyisa share scheme which they say excludes white workers.
The unions Johan Kruger said: “We think the Mining Charter is a great example of this which says worker schemes [and] shareholder’s schemes such as this should be inclusive.”
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