RS Fashion in Durban has owned up to stripping female workers naked on suspicions of theft.
Following a peaceful march conducted by Cosatu members, the fashion company’s representative‚ Linda Nxasana apologised for the incident, telling the Wednesday marchers that the stripping incident had happened only once.
“The employer is apologising about what happened. It happened only once and the employer is promising that this will never happen again‚” she said.
Furthermore, Nxasana said the company is ready to work with Cosatu “so that you can correct us where we are wrong and so that we can treat workers in an acceptable manner”.
According to Cosatu’s provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize, the company had denied that workers were stripped naked‚ but later admitted that it had happened once. The company supposedly took responsibilty after the labour federation had told management that they had an affidavit from one of the victims. “They first denied and then we told them that we have a case because we have an affidavit which has an address of this place‚” he said.
He added that one of the managers had told them that the incident couldn’t have happened because there were cameras on the premises. “He said it happened only once and they searched workers because they have a problem of theft. He said they apologise and they agreed that as Cosatu, we can work with them‚” said Mkhize.
In an attempt to help profer solutions to certain issues facing the company which has more than 300 employees, Cosatu will have constant meetings with them. This will help them deal with workers when they steal so that workers are not harassed by asking them to strip.
Apparently, the concept of stripping female workers is prevalent in the area as Cosatu members took their protest to another linen and textile company also accused of the same weird act.