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numsaCity Press reports that members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) gathered outside the Sylvania Metals offices in Constantia Park, Johannesburg, on Tuesday to protest the company's handling of a sexual harassment case.

The union alleged that a manager at the company sexually harassed a woman employee and that the company failed to take appropriate action against him. In its memorandum of demands, Numsa called for the immediate suspension of the operations manager, Tebogo Rasepei, pending an independent investigation. Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi Majola disputed the findings of an internal investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Rasepei, asserting that the investigator, LabourNet, was biased in favour of Sylvania Metals. She said: “As Numsa, we reject the findings by LabourNet because they are on Sylvania's payroll and cannot be considered impartial in this matter. We demand that an independent investigation by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration look into this matter, and we will accept that outcome.” Numsa also alleged that Sylvania Metals unjustifiably dismissed the chairperson of the shop stewards' committee out of fear of the union's growing influence. Additionally, the union claimed that the company sacked a member for exposing a safety hazard involving an engineer and for having a disagreement with a security officer. Sylvania pledged to respond within seven days.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Yamkeleka Manjeya at City Press (subscriber access only)

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