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Legal counsel for non-profit organisations representing workers employed through labour brokers at Heineken and Distell's SA operations want the companies to commit to eradicating all human rights violations affecting their workforce – not only probe specific allegations of abuse.

They also want competition authorities updated on the issue regularly, and want the possibility of permanent employment investigated for vulnerable workers. 

This follows allegations last week that supervisors at third-party labour brokers were sexually exploiting vulnerable women who had temporary jobs at their operations in SA. The allegations were submitted to the Competition Tribunal hearings into the proposed R40-billion takeover of Distell by Heineken.

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