Clerk allegedly fired for spurning advances
A financial clerk who alleges she was fired after spurning sexual advances by her manager at the embattled state-owned Northwest Transport Investment (NTI) is demanding reinstatement.
She has requested the assistance of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) in her fight for justice.
According to a Mail & Guardian Online report, Andisa Thubana worked for the NTI for 15 months, with the understanding that her temporary position would be made permanent.
But in October, she was told that her contract would not be renewed again.
In a two-page statement that Thubana wrote to her union, Numsa, she claims her former boss had made sexual advances and harassed her constantly.
She believes she was fired because of her refusal to entertain his advances.
Bridget Laka, acting head of legal for NTI, wrote to the CEO last year, stating that an employee has a reasonable expectation of being granted permanent employment if their temporary contract is extended several times.
NTI spokesperson Freddy Sepeng said the entity had brought in an external independent labour relations advocate, who dismissed the allegations ‘for both jurisdictional and meritorious reasons’.
However, an NTI source close to the matter alleged that the process was a farce.
Neither the union nor Thubana were asked to participate, and nor was the company’s legal department approached, as due process requires.
Numsa shop steward in the North West, Smith Nkosi, said the union had escalated the sexual harassment allegations to Numsa at the national level, because the company is not prioritising these grievances.
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