Cosatu were part of labour broker decision: Zuma

By Drum Digital
16 March 2012

The Congress of SA Trade Unions had been part of a decision to regulate labour brokers, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

The tripartite alliance had been involved in discussions about the Labour Relations Amendment Act which included dealing with problems related to labour brokers, Zuma told an SABC/The New Age business breakfast in Port Elizabeth.

"The ruling party's 2009 Manifesto, was jointly adopted and launched by the Alliance -- the ANC, Cosatu and the SA Communist Party," he said.

Recently Cosatu -- joined by a number of other organisations -- took part in a nationwide strike demanding that government ban and not regulate labour brokers.

Quoting from the manifesto, Zuma said it was agreed that the ANC government would: "In order to avoid exploitation of workers and ensure decent work for all workers as well as to protect the employment relationship, introduce laws to regulate contract work, subcontracting and out-sourcing, address the problem of labour broking and prohibit certain abusive practices."

Zuma said as much as it was the right of unions and workers to take to the street to air their views, government and social partners had all been on board in coming to an agreement on brokers.

"Because there was an agreement, it is moving now to a situation where a bill will be introduced. As much as people protest, they are actually protesting on matters that have been agreed [upon]."

He conceded, however, that total agreement had not been reached.

"An agreement is almost reached,, there are very small parts that are still remaining," he said holding his thumb and forefinger slightly apart.

"Under normal circumstances we would not be expecting a protest about it."

Earlier this week ANC secretary general Gwede Manthashe also pointed out Cosatu's contribution to the manifesto.

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