Time to end slavery of outsourcing

2016-07-26 06:00

THE war against the archaic and exploitative outsourcing of workers at KwaZulu-Natal hospitals continues unabated and has claimed lives at King Edward VIII Hospital.

This justifiable fight by workers against modern slavery has been continuing relatively unreported, presumably because the victims are half-human and “unskilled” or “semi-skilled” workers who, by such virtue, deserve to be exploited anyway.

They are probably expected to be “disciplined” and submit to their exploitation because someone somewhere did them a great favour by giving them employment,

While the destruction of property cannot be condoned, it is symptomatic of sheer desperation on the part of the exploited cleaners and security personnel.

It has taken students (who are supposed to be focusing on their books) at various tertiary institutions to confront head-on the exploitative scourge of outsourcing, with the result being that about 1 000 formerly outsourced workers have now been insourced at the University of Cape Town.

Some unions are turning a blind eye to this scourge and may themselves have been captured.

At hospitals and elsewhere, this may have the effect of making these institutions increasingly ungovernable and it therefore threatens the lives of patients and health workers alike.

Is it not high time for the authorities to do away with outsourcing, instead of relying on and burdening law-enforcers with what is essentially a labour issue?

JOSEPH B. GUMBI

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