Brokers, workers state their case

2009-10-09 00:00

MEMBERS of unions affiliated to Cosatu in the pro­vince re-iterated the call for labour brokers to be banned during the public hearing on labour brokering, hosted by Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour at the Winston Churchill Theatre in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

However, labour brokers who testified to the committee called for regulations and legislation, saying that not all labour brokers are exploitative and “enslaving”.

Union members, wor­kers, members of the community and labour brokers throughout the province were afforded the opportunity to make recommendations on how the issue of labour brokering should be dealt with.

Workers recommended to the committee that labour brokers should be banned, saying that they are a new form of slavery, they treat workers inhumanely, and do not provide job security.

Labour brokers advoca­ted that the industry should be regulated and policed in order for the brokers that are exploiting workers to be sifted out of the industry.

They said that the industry is contributing to job creation and economic growth, and if banned the levels of unemployment would be even higher.

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