| S. Africa union calls for strike at Sasol |
Mon Jul 17, 2006 2:52pm ET
JOHANNESBURG, July 17 (Reuters) - A union representing thousands of workers at South African fuels and chemicals company Sasol as decided to go on strike after rejecting a wage hike offer, the SAPA news agency reported on Monday.
Solidarity, a union that represents about 3,500 workers at Sasol, called for the walkout after a large number of members balked at Sasol's offer of a 6.5 percent wage increase and 1.5 percent increase to the housing subsidy.
The union had recommended that the company's improved offer be accepted.
"Our members are very unhappy about things that are happening in the company," union representative Jaco Kleynhans told SAPA. "We could not accept the offer when a large part of our members don't agree."
The strike is scheduled to begin early Tuesday morning.
Kleynhans added that the union intended to hold more discussions with Sasol, the world's biggest producer of synthetic fuel from coal, chemicals and liquid fuels. The company supplies about 40 percent of South Africa's fuel needs.
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