Numsa accuses Scaw Metals of exploitation, violating transformation laws

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Metalworkers’ union, Numsa, is accusing steel company, Scaw Metals, of exploiting Black workers.

Numsa Ekurhuleni Secretary, Thembile Livi, made the damning claims in an exclusive interview with YNews.

Livi also accused the company’s CEO Doron Barnes of not adhering to the country’s transformation laws.

He alleges that the company’s top management is actively trying to purge NUMSA members from the company.

“The company is bashing our members, dismissing our shop stewards. If I can tell you now, ever since this person Doron Barnes arrived almost 300 workers were dismissed,” said Livi.


Livi’s comments followed workers’ protest in Johannesburg and Pretoria yesterday, demanding an end to the alleged ill-treatment of Black workers and the re-instatement of 17 NUMSA affiliates.

The trade union claims these workers were wrongfully dismissed after participating in an interdicted strike.

They have submitted their memorandum of demands to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in Sandton and has given the organisation seven days to respond or face intensified strike action.

“We demand that the IDC cannot continue to invest money from the public purse into this racist anti-worker, union bashing company. If they must continue to enjoy IDC investment then there must be a commitment that racism, anti-worker, and union bashing must be stopped and uprooted with immediate effect at SCAW. Enough is enough!,” reads the workers’ memorandum.

“This is the second memorandum that NUMSA has submitted to the IDC, the first memorandum was delivered on 8 June 2022, as a shareholder you chose not to respond. This has led to a situation where matters have escalated to a point where this situation is spiraling out of control. We call on you to act and act now.”

Scaw Metals is yet to comment on the damning claims levelled against it. Article by Naomi Kobbie


Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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