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Khulumani is concerned at the revelation of the remuneration of SASOL's CEO, a situation labelled by the Daily Maverick author as 'corporate piggery'

Khulumani is concerned at the revelation of the remuneration of SASOL's CEO, a situation labelled by the Daily Maverick author as 'corporate piggery'

In the month that marks the 26th Anniversary of the 1 October 1987 SASOL strike, Khulumani is astounded to learn that the recently appointed CEO of SASOL, Mr David Constable, is this year receiving a 68 per cent increase on his basic remuneration package while SASOL workers are receiving a mere 7,7 per cent increase. Read Article in the Daily Maverick.

In a month that marks a pivotal turning point in SASOL's unfortunate history of harsh and exploitative labour conditions and the violent suppression of the workers' strike, more and more evidence is emerging about the tactics used by SASOL to end the 1987 strike and to dismiss 2,400 of their workers. The struggle for justice and redress continues.

In the month that marks the 26th Anniversary of the 1 October 1987 SASOL strike, Khulumani is astounded to learn that the recently appointed CEO of SASOL, Mr David Constable, is this year receiving a 68 per cent increase on his basic remuneration package while SASOL workers are receiving a mere 7,7 per cent increase. Read Article in the Daily Maverick.

In a month that marks a pivotal turning point in SASOL's unfortunate history of harsh and exploitative labour conditions and the violent suppression of the workers' strike, more and more evidence is emerging about the tactics used by SASOL to end the 1987 strike and to dismiss 2,400 of their workers. The struggle for justice and redress continues.

While SASOL expands its global footprint, built on the back of its former workers, the multinational continues to avoid facing up to this regrettable past of colluding with police to violently deal with the strike. This action by SASOL has been linked to the deaths of 76 former workers.

The Khulumani submission to SASOL to redress the situation called for an investment of R250 million - the equivalent of the remuneration of the current CEO for only 5 years of service. The R250 million proposal, submitted to SASOL's Executive Management in 2007, argued for a comprehensive plan to redress the harm done to the 2,400 former workers and to assist them to build a future for themselves and the families they supported. This included a proposal for their participation in the generation of renewable energy from crop waste from the extensive maize fields of the northern Free State where SASOL 1 is located.

With the commemoration of World Trauma Day on 17 October 2013, we mourn the failure of the Executive Boards of great South African companies like SASOL, to give moral leadership in the country towards contributing to 'closing the indefensible expanding gap' between the remuneration of company executives and the workers who produce the source of their wealth.

This expanding wage gap is indefensible in a context of the worsening economic challenges facing many workers in the country. Their voices should no longer be 'silenced'. As Professor Adam Habib continues to warn South Africans, a moment of reckoning is fast approaching. The 'SASOLs' and the 'Marikanas' of South Africa's corporate history will remain blights on the books of these multinational companies.

We call on SASOL to redress its shameful past and to lead the way in changing the current trajectory of corporate-worker alienation. We need 'new social contracts' in this country to rebuild relationships across these expanding divides. Will SASOL take a place at the front of this movement for social, economic and political justice in South Africa?

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