Malema calls for minimum wage of R4 500

By Drum Digital
02 May 2015

Workers are still being exploited by labour brokers, are underpaid and deserve a minimum wage of at least R4 500, Economic Freedom Fighters' leader Julius Malema said on Friday.

"Everything we have in our lives is due to workers. The food you eat is produced by the workers, the clothes you wear, the cars you drive, your house you have, your safety, are all provided by the workers," he said at the party's Worker's Day rally in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.

"When we speak of the workers, we don’t refer to everyone who is working. We in the EFF refer to those working in the industries, the domestic workers, the farm workers, the cleaners, the most exploited people who call themselves workers.

"We refer to those who are victims of crime committed by labour brokers. They go to work, work very hard, but at the end of every month they are given half of their salaries, because half has been taken by the labour brokers," he said.

'We must abolish labour brokers'

Malema said the EFF wanted a law to have labour brokers abolished.

"We don't say this now when we are in the EFF, we said this when we were in the ANC.

"At Polokwane, we took the decision that we must abolish labour brokers. That was the ticket which [Jacob] Zuma used to win as president. After Polokwane elected him, he immediately forgot about the issue of labour brokers," he said, referring to the ANC's elective conference in December 2007.

"They said no, the resolution was that we must 'manage' the labour brokers. There was no such resolution. We don’t want labour brokers. We said that then and we still say the same thing today."

Labour brokers were "blood suckers", he said.

"Why do they suck the blood of the workers? Because workers are black people. If workers were white people, we are not going o have blood suckers like labour brokers in South Africa."

Source: news24wire.com

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