UPDATED 7:47 AM PT — Fri. Sept. 7, 2018
South Africa’s trade union of white workers — Solidarity — is filing a complaint with the New York Stock Exchange, challenging the rainbow nation’s policies of affirmative action.
Solidarity said a privatization plan of energy company Sasol discriminates against its white workers.
“In the second scheme Khanyisa, white workers in the ten year schemes are excluded and in the rules of the scheme it explicitly says that white workers and foreign nationals are excluded from the scheme and that is too hard,” stated Dirk Hermann, Deputy General-Secretary for Solidarity.
The plan proposes a redistribution of company shares among its employees to improve their financial well-being.
Sasol said its exclusion of white workers from the scheme comes in line with South Africa’s affirmative action laws, which allow black empowerment at the expense of white and foreign residents.
In response, Solidarity launched a massive nationwide strike.
“If we are separated, I’m going to kill my white brother and my white brother’s going to kill my black brother, so they are bringing us back to the apartheid era,” said Charles Molapo, member of Solidarity
Solidarity’s filing with the New York Stock Exchange appeals to the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits racial discrimination.
Sasol is listed as a public company in the U.S., meaning if U.S. authorities uphold Solidarity’s complaints both Sasol and South Africa’s black-majority government would have to abandon their anti-white policies.
If they refuse, Sasol could be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, adding to the mounting economic problems and disinvestment of South Africa.
The New York Stock Exchange is currently reviewing Solidarity’s complaint.