Labour broking is slavery: Numsa

2012-03-06 11:13

Labour broking amounts to human trafficking, said Irvin Jim, general secretary of National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa), today.

“Numsa is firm that labour broking, like all forms of slavery, cannot be regulated. It must be banned,” Jim told reporters in Johannesburg.

The union would join Cosatu’s protest tomorrow against labour brokers and e-tolling.

“If we are to defeat labour broking with all its precarious exploitative conditions, we must be organising every sector of our society to say no to this cheap labour system which is equal to modern slavery.”

The trade union called on its members to join the protest. “Make sure the economy is bolted tomorrow, at a standstill. This is our opportunity to bury labour brokers.”

Jim quoted from the Freedom Charter which states: “All shall be free to travel without restriction from countryside to town, from province to province and from South Africa.”

Numsa believed the e-tolling system, set to come into effect in Gauteng at the end of next month, would have a financial drain on the working poor, who could not afford the new tolls.

“These tolls are especially destructive to poor people because of the way apartheid planning placed our Gauteng townships at long distances from centrally-located jobs, commerce and recreation,” Jim said.

Electronic tolling of 185km of the N1, N3, N12 and the R21 around Johannesburg and Pretoria is scheduled to start on April 30.

Motorcycles with e-tags will pay 20 cents a kilometre and those without 38 cents. Light motor vehicles will pay 30 cents and 58 cents respectively, and non-articulated trucks 75 cents and R1.45.

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