Out in full force in Free State
DURING their march in Bloemfontein yesterday the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Free State called for the scrapping of labour broking and e-tolling.
Cosatu said labour broking was equivalent to trading humans as commodities and had to be stopped with immediate effect.
Free State Cosatu chairman Xolisile Qayiso - who handed the memorandum to Marsha Bronkhorst, chief director of the department of labour in the province - said labour broking sought to exploit workers .
He said it destroyed permanent jobs as it led to insecure contractual relations and the downgrading of wages and employment terms.
Qayiso said the system was the new form of slavery in the country.
"We can't allow our members to be exploited by this system that intends to destroy their lives," he said.
"Labour broking, combined with other forms uncharacteristic work, reflects the current trends of the intensification of the rate of exploitation of workers.
He added that the e-toll system should also be investigated.
"How can the government introduce a system that is aimed at marginalising the poor. This system must be stopped before it is introduced in Johannesburg and other parts of the country," he said
Hundreds of Cosatu members who gathered in Mangaung yesterday - during the nationwide protest - sang freedom songs as they proceeded to the city centre.
The peaceful march that started almost an hour late was attended by members who held placards indicating that labour broking and e-tolling had to be stopped.
Members of Cosatu affiliate unions had come out in support of the march and included the Numsa the Samwu, SACP and Nactu.
Most of them complained about the scorching heat in Bloemfontein yesterday, but continued with their march, indicating that it is was vital that the government listened to their concerns.
The crowd of about 3000 dressed in yellow-and-red appeared in a relaxed mood as they danced and sang.
Bronkhorst promised to hand over the memorandum to the relevant authorities.
A strong police contingent kept watch but no incidents were reported.