Department of labour must be labour broker

THIS is an open letter to Jimmy Manyi, director-general of the Labour Department.

THIS is an open letter to Jimmy Manyi, director-general of the Labour Department.

My wife and I often ask ourselves why there is so much disagreement on labour brokers. It is obvious that both the government and opposition parties think we need these organisations. We differ.

Helen Zille told SAfm listeners on May 13 that it allows work seekers to go somewhere where there is a database of all the job offers. She said this way a worker does not have to go and look for a job at, say, 4000 places and risk not finding anything.

What she didn't say was that when that job is secured not all the money goes to the worker. The broker retains a part of it.

The government knows the script better than I do. The D A does too. So does Cope and the ID. So do workers, who are short-changed. And the employers don't mind as long as the job gets done.

Why can't this service also be offered by the Labour Department ? The department would then know who's employing whom, for how much and under what conditions. Workers would retain their whole salary.

Workers and employers would appreciate the role of the government. It costs nothing more to employers or workers. It does away with bitterness on the part of workers.

The department would be able to create more jobs and to administer the system. In fact, a work seeker in Tzaneen would know what jobs are on offer in, say, Kuruman or Cape Town.

Dear sir, you are an advocate of black empowerment, so here's an opportunity to show your mettle by empowering millions of black workers. This would also benefit white workers.

Bokwe Mafuna, Joburg