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Cosatu going ahead with labour broker strike

2012-02-15 21:58

Johannesburg - Cosatu will go ahead with a planned national strike on March 7 against labour brokers after attempts to broker a deal at Nedlac failed, the union federation said on Wednesday.

Congress of SA Trade Union's spokesperson Patrick Craven said the protected strike was necessary for the "effective resolution of this matter".

"The National Economic Development and Labour Council's section 77 standing committee has now confirmed that there is a deadlock between the social partners at Nedlac on the question of labour," said Craven .

"Cosatu is therefore calling on all workers to support the socio-economic protest action by engaging in various forms of protest."

This involves work stoppages, rallies, marches and lunchtime pickets from as early as February 29.

The federation has for some time been calling for the complete banning of labour brokers, likening it to modern day slavery.

"They are nothing more than human traffickers, making huge profits by hiring out workers to their client companies as if we are no more than commodities like office furniture or stationery."

It was also concerned at the low wages workers were subjected to, the lack of benefits and that workers could be fired at anytime.

Cosatu called for people to boycott businesses that used labour brokers. It also wants the withdrawal of provident funds invested in businesses that use labour brokers.

Craven said the federation would assess the programme of action and decide on the way forward after the strike, but that if necessary the duration of the strike could be extended.

President Jacob Zuma took a safer route on the question of labour brokers during his State of the Nation address, by calling for a middle ground to be found.

Comments
  • Peter - 2012-02-15 22:17

    Disgusting! If COSATU succeeds in getting labour brokers banned, hundreds of thousands of innocent people will lose their jobs. AND they will strike another blow against the economy. This is taking self-interest way too far.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-15 22:46

      Very true. Just like Malema they claim to be on the side of the poor, yet they are quite happy to render them unemployeed. Will the true defenders of the poor (if any) please step forward???

      Sean - 2012-02-15 22:47

      So typical !! I rather use workers from labour brokers , I have much less problems ! These idiots are only shooting themselves in the foot ! Wtf are they going to achieve ?? So what if the brokers make money , what about the ANC government stealing the country dry ?? That is fine , I suppose ! This country is going one way ................ Bunch of F@CKEN IDIOTS !!

      amananga - 2012-02-15 23:12

      labour brokers are not a solution to unemployment but it is rather a better way for employers to use the cheapest labour possible and side step the LRA & BCEA. I also don't beleive that there should be a middle man between the employer & employee. Lastly I beleive that for someone to work for 15 years for a company as a temporary worker with no Pension/Provident/leave is pure explotation. I do however agree in some instances that COSATU leaders at times do not walk the talk and my disagreement with them will not cloud my judgement when they raise legitimate issues.

      Fredster - 2012-02-16 07:21

      The labour brokers take 30-40% from the workers wages...they are stealing them blind. AWAY with them. Let the firms appoint them directly.

      Martin - 2012-02-16 08:12

      Labour brokers charge their client companies a percentage of that employees salary, they do not take it from their salary. In my business we use brokers, but do away with them and employees will be contractors, and will receive an end of contract after a certain period, and possibly be unemployed after such time and not rehired

  • Multi - 2012-02-15 22:18

    Nonsense. Implement some controls to ensure better working conditions, make sure they are paid properly and have the workers sign contracts with the labour brokers so they can't be fired or let go so easily. If you shut down the brokers what will happen to the 'slaves' already employed by them? They'll have nothing anymore (where before at least they made a little money) and no means to find a job.

      George - 2012-02-16 07:43

      You pay fees to COSATU, how many job have they created. If youm ban labor brokers then you have to ban all employment agencies

  • Fourhundredkg - 2012-02-15 22:27

    Will they be wearing miniskirts?

      Martin - 2012-02-16 11:57

      i just threw up in my mouth a little

  • Sarel van Deventer - 2012-02-15 22:31

    i agree for once with cosatu, i know from personal experience that brokers pays one a fraction from what they're getting. companys should pull their fingers from their arses and employ employees directly. cut out the thiefing bastard of a midle man

      Godfrey - 2012-02-15 22:52

      @Sarel...to what extend did unionization, minimum wage and BBEEE contribute to the establishment of brokers. just a question.

      Sean - 2012-02-15 22:53

      Sarel , you obviously haven`t worked with labour brokers !! Why don`t you go strike with these fools and see what you gain !! Nothing !!

      Tracey Roux - 2012-02-16 03:36

      Labour brokers are ruthless...only wanting to line their own pockets. Companies then treat the employee through a labour broker any way they like because the labour broker can just hire and fire. Every company should have a proper H R dept and employ people directly. Labour brokers are doing major damage to the economy and workers rights. My husband is white and in middle management and has to work via this labour broker. So its affecting all colours and levels - I support COSATU on this. And I am a trained H R person so I know how it should work.

  • Sarel van Deventer - 2012-02-15 22:31

    i agree for once with cosatu, i know from personal experience that brokers pays one a fraction from what they're getting. companys should pull their fingers from their arses and employ employees directly. cut out the thiefing bastard of a midle man

      Cracker - 2012-02-15 22:49

      Why can't legislation make it illegal for labour brokers to charge more than say 5% and make it the liability of the user of the labour, the client, to make the statutory deductions and payments such as pension. It is nonsense that any company that actually makes use of labour broking is not able to do the admin and deductions. That should leave everybody happy. BUT one gets the impression that there are other forces and considerations at play and that they are HUGE.

      Cracker - 2012-02-15 22:50

      In the end the worker comes out second best in all this hogwash.

      Leslie - 2012-02-17 09:24

      Maybe you should get your facts straight. it is true that like in many other industries there are bad labour brokers but there are a vast majority of labour brokers and employment services that are compliant and companies and prospective employees should make an effort to associate themselves only with the compliant employment agencies.

      Balan - 2012-03-03 20:21

      You are right, in south africa labour broker system is a total exploitation on employees eg no pension funds etc. Here in Australia its called recruitment agency, however when hired by these agencies they contribute 9% on top of salary towards superannuations

  • Sinudeity - 2012-02-15 22:43

    Why doesnt cosatu just ask those that work for labour brokers to strike?

      keith.staniford - 2012-02-15 22:46

      Too simple, doesn't enter their miniscule brains

  • Tracey Roux - 2012-02-16 03:20

    I support this strike 100%. My husband works through a labour broker as it was the only way he could get a job (telecoms industry) for 2 years (annual contract) and they make R14 000 a month from the company but do ABSOLUTELY nothing for that fee. My husband is never sure of his job and has no company benefits because of it. How can SA allow this abuse of workers rights. That money the broker gets could rather be used for a pension fund or medical aid for the employee.

      Tracey Roux - 2012-02-16 03:40

      Labour brokers are ruthless...only wanting to line their own pockets. Companies then treat the employee through a labour broker any way they like because the labour broker can just hire and fire. Every company should have a proper H R dept and employ people directly. Labour brokers are doing major damage to the economy and workers rights. My husband is white and in middle management and has to work via this labour broker. So its affecting all colours and levels - I support COSATU on this. And I am a trained H R person so I know how it should work.

      margyhp - 2012-02-16 07:59

      Tracey, you complain about labour brokers, BUT that was the only way your husband could get a job - make up your mind and stop being a hypocrite. Leave labour brokers alone, they do a good job and also have families to care for

      Leslie - 2012-02-17 09:26

      For a person in HR you obviously have no idea how the labour broking industry works. Maybe you should investigate the situation further before making uneducated and uninformed comments.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-16 05:43

    If Cosatu get rid of labour brokers people wont lose their jobs, it will force companies to take back ownership of their employees and they will finally get looked after better. Labour brokers dont work, i came from one and I paid double in tax and lost 8% of finaly salary monthly to someone who did sweet bugger all... Abolish labour brokers and make companies responsible for their staff... Labour brokers are a wasted meddler and a waste of cash

      margyhp - 2012-02-16 08:01

      Let companies have the choice. If I want to use a labour broker I should have the right to do so - it is my choice. Why must I be told how to run my business.??

  • Barry - 2012-02-16 07:49

    Labour broking has destroyed skills in South Africa, wiped out apprenticeships. After 20 years experience dealing with labour brokers I now refer to them as "rent-a-mob". Has anyone ever seen a labour broker provide training?

      Steven - 2012-02-16 10:25

      blah blah.. you think just like them. you have the world at your finger tips to do some research but instead you just sucks things out your thumb..

      Leslie - 2012-02-17 09:29

      Barry you like may other people on this page must really do your homework before commenting. I work for a labour broking company that has in the past five years trained and qualified close to fifty artisans and done other countless training such as crane driving, rigging, scaffolding etc. so next time before you talk do your homework. there are good employment agencieand labour brokers out there but they dont get the media exposure that the bad ones do.

  • Haveyoursay - 2012-02-16 08:30

    Any excuse to strike.

  • Alex - 2012-02-16 09:17

    It is propaganda from Cosatu,brokers on average take between 5-8% management fees only.

  • Mthikhulu - 2012-02-17 12:06

    South africa is developmental State it should be one it's priority to protect the working Class from exploitetion by the foreign co operates in oder to address the inequlities.I full suport the banned of labour brokers is SA.

  • che.marshall1 - 2012-03-06 22:35

    im working far a labour broker and i work long hours monday to sunday i have to survive on 11.95 an hour while my broker drive a beautiful 4x4........... will i ever get the chance to complete my studies or will i be someones slave for the rest of my life while a broker gets rich off our hard work

  • Glad Marule - 2013-06-20 09:26

    Cosatu please ban labour broker

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