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'Give us proper jobs and don't use labour brokers'

By unknown | Sep 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Incensed Durban solid waste workers yesterday cursed eThekwini mayor Obed Mlaba and Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.

They accused them of being exploiters by making the laws that allow labour brokers to rip them off.

"Mdladlana must cancel labour brokers or laws that provide brokers a platform to exploit workers," said Alfred Dludla, organiser of the protest by about 300 workers.

"It's a simple call and we hope he will heed it. Most of the people have been working for the municipality for more than 10 years, but don't have a single benefit, like housing allowance, pension or anything."

Dludla said Mdladlana had opened a loophole by allowing labour brokers to be involved in employment.

"If the municipality can award a tender for up to 13 years, why can't they just employ those people on a permanent basis because cleaning is a permanent job. Why outsource it?"

Bheki Khumalo, senior commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, accepted the memorandum and promised to deliver it to Mdladlana.

But Khumalo made it clear that there was very little the ministry of labour could do because the agreement was always between the broker and the client.

"If the two sign an agreement on working conditions and other related matters, there's nothing an outsider can do," he said.

Speaker of the municipality, James Nxumalo, urged the South African Agent Labour Broker Worker's Organisation to sit down with them so that they could talk and try to reach an agreement.


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