Brokers are abusing us, say workers

EMPLOYEES of a labour broking company have taken a stand against their bosses after alleged abuse at an internationally reputed food company where they work.

EMPLOYEES of a labour broking company have taken a stand against their bosses after alleged abuse at an internationally reputed food company where they work.

About 80 workers at Transman, a labour broking company that has contracted staff to Barbeque Rib Manufactures in Honeydew, Johannesburg, have taken the matter up with their union.

The employees said managers at the rib company used abusive language and called them derogatory names.

Barbeque Rib Manufactures distributes pre-cooked and marinated pork, beef and lamb ribs to major retail food stores and restaurants.

The union, Conflict Resolved Workers Union of South Africa (Crusa), has written two letters to Transman demanding their intervention.

"Abuse escalated after we wrote the first letter. We have written to them again. If they do not respond within 28 days as required by the Labour Relations Act, we will take the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for mediation," said Crusa chairperson Simon Ngcuhayithobi.

Another worker said: "We have tried to talk to our company about this. They have promised to intervene but they have not."

Ngcuhayithobi said though his new union was not affiliated to any federation, he supported a call by Cosatu to ban labour brokers.

When contacted yesterday, Transman's Kervin Adams said: "I am off sick. I am at the doctor as we speak. Call me tomorrow."

He then dropped the phone.

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