Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) has called on employers to put
measures in place
to end violence, harassment and discrimination in South African
workplaces and for employers to start making real progress in levelling
the gender-based playing fields.
“Equality and non-discrimination are key elements of fundamental human rights, but as employers and society we are failing dismally at protecting and uplifting vulnerable, marginalised groups,” says Martlé Keyter, MISA’s CEO Operations.
The marginalised position of women in the workplace remains largely unchanged while gender-based stereotyping and discrimination prevail.
According to Stats SA, women accounted for 43,8% of South Africa’s total employment in Q2 of 2018. “Yet only 32% of managers in South Africa were women, while women continue to dominate the Domestic worker and Clerical occupations and men continue to dominate the rest,” Martlé notes.
“Employers have an obligation to put real and effective plans and measures in place to end gender-based stereotyping and to ensure women are protected against harassment and violence in the workplace.
“The world of work must be free of violence and harassment. It must be a safe environment that preserves every person’s human rights,” believes Martlé.
MISA, the fastest growing trade union serving the South African motor retail sector, has called on employers to prioritise the allocation of resources, establish goals, targets and indicators to ensure that the social and economic needs of the most marginalised communities and workers are being fairly addressed.
Violence against women
Furthermore, violence against women remains a serious problem in South Africa.
Crime statistics released earlier this year revealed a 53% increase in sexual offences against women between 2016 and 2017.
“Especially in marginalised communities, women continue to live in fear,” says Martlé.
“It does not matter whether we are women or men, disabled, living with HIV/AIDS, black or white or gender-nonconforming, we are all equal and deserve equal opportunities in the workplace and in society,” Martlé concludes.