DA, Cope join forces over job brokers

THE DA and Cope said in Parliament yesterday that banning labour brokers would put at least 500000 people out of work.

In their first joint press conference to present a position paper on reforming the industry, the parties said the move would have a devastating effect on the economy.

Instead, the parties said, self-regulation with industry peers was required and would involve, among other things:

l Mandatory registration for all practitioners;

l The establishment of an institute or self-regulatory board that would enforce norms and standards;

l A code of conduct enforced by the board itself - resulting in those doing honest business to push out brokers who exploit workers; and,

l Annual consideration of profit margins and incentives to promote job creation.

The parties said the industry generates more than R23billion a year.