Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) will be marching against Omnigo, a subsidiary of Reutech in Pretoria. Omnigo Turnkey Electronic Management is an electronic manufacturing company based in Pretoria. NUMSA members are protesting because this company allegedly used the K-word when workers appeared before a disciplinary hearing on the 29th of October 2021.
NUMSA Regional Secretary Hlanganani Jerry Morulane said their members complain that Omnigo is a racist company that treats black and white employees differently. “Since the National engineering strike Omnigo has been victimizing our members for participating in the strike. Eight people have been suspended, two of them are NUMSA Shopstewards.”
Morulane added that a witness, who is an employee and who was representing the company at the disciplinary hearing, presented evidence. “She used the “k” word to describe black people. The MD of Omnigo has denied this happened, however, there is a recording of the proceedings. No one reprimanded the witness or forced her to withdraw her comment.”