Johannesburg, October 7, 2015 – Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president S’dumo Dlamini has reiterated that only a total ban on labour brokers will stop the abuse of workers by employers.
He was speaking to thousands of members of unions that are affiliated to the labour federation that are marching in Johannesburg in support of World Day of Decent Work. The Cosatu members are demanding for reliable energy supply, an end to labour broking and the cancellation of e-tolls.
The marchers will deliver a memorandum to various institutions including PRASA, Telkom and the Gauteng Premier’s Office.
Dlamini says they have warned government that simply regulating labour brokers will not work.
“We knew employers were always going to find a way out today after the new amendment has kicked in. They have already expelled at least sixty percent of those employees that were employed under the labour broker employee system …they were not going to respect the law. They did not respect the law that is why Cosatu is saying the only solution is the ban on labour brokers. “
Cosatu also hit out at Eskom’s management, saying it needs to ensure that the power utility is properly run. Dlamini says there must be a halt to the nuclear procurement programme that government is pursuing.