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Sasol workers dispersed with rubber bullets, tear gas amid protest

Workers are demanding a transport allowance of R1,500 up from R350.

A file picture shows the logo of Sasol at its headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of protesting Sasol workers have been dispersed with rubber bullets and tear gas at the Ekandustria site outside Bronkhorstspruit.

Workers are demanding a transport allowance of R1,500 up from R350.

Protest leader Julius Molebatsi says workers became violent when they realised the company is continuing with production, despite an agreement for activities to remain suspended amid authorised demonstrations.

He claims Sasol has the capacity to meet their demands and he does not understand why the company is offering only half of the desired sum.

“It’s quite surprising because you have one manager and boss, so why give people different allowances? They are ripping us off and can’t say they don’t have money. They’ve built a $15 billion building in Sandton.”

Meanwhile, Sasol says it’s continuing to try and find an amicable solution with unions Amcu and Ceppwawu following the protests at its Ekandustria site.

Sasol says there is no agreement with the unions to halt operations.

"We remain open to engagement and our objective is to ensure an amicable resolution to the matter. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all personnel on site, our staff, service providers and the community,” says spokesperson Alex Anderson.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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