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SOUTH African Airways Technical is trying to sweep a racism complaint under the carpet, trade union Solidarity claimed yesterday.
"A black employee hurled racist remarks at another employee in August this year, saying that he could not stand white people and that he could also not stand working with them," said Solidarity spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans in a statement.
Solidarity criticised the company for not taking disciplinary action against the employee.
The union said it gave the company three days last week to take "the correct disciplinary action", but instead the employee in question was only warned about his remarks, and management now regarded the issue as concluded.
"These statements were aimed directly and in an insulting and racist manner at the person's white colleague and white people in general ... It is nothing less than blatant racism."
Shortly after the incident, the member submitted a grievance to the employer, but the employer decided not to follow the disciplinary procedures as prescribed for complaints about racist behaviour, the union said.
"According to SAA Technical's disciplinary code, a charge of racism is grounds for immediate suspension, after which the applicable disciplinary action must be taken," the union said. - Sapa