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BMF slams Solidarity over Woolworths criticism

BMF has condemned Solidarity for its criticism of retailer Woolworths' Employment Equity policies.

Woolworths is under fire over its Employment Equity policies. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Black Management Forum (BMF) on Sunday slammed union Solidarity for its criticism of retailer Woolworths' Employment Equity policies.

The forum hailed Woolworths, saying the retail giant is complying with the country's Constitution.

Woolworths has been criticised over the past week for an advertisement on its website implying that whites need not apply for some positions.

The forum said the advert does not mean that the retailer does not hire white people, but that Woolworths is designating positions in some of its divisions to ensure equity.

BMF's Tembakazi Mnyaka said those opposed to the move are doing so in an attempt to keep the country racially divided.

"We find it very opportunistic that Solidarity and AfriForum think that there's something very wrong with Employment Equity."

Woolworths has vowed to continue implementing its Employment Equity policies.

Meanwhile, some consumers have called for the boycott of the national retailer.

In August, the South African Airways (SAA) was forced to lift a ban on applications by white cadets following a huge outcry.

The company says 85 percent of its pilots are white, and of these, 91 percent are men.

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