Unemployed security officers approach Parliament

2015-09-01 18:38
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Cape Town - The plight of 150 unemployed people who used to be subcontracted as security officers for Metrorail was raised with Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport on Tuesday.

Attorney Themba Ngxingweni, speaking on their behalf, told the committee that a "legitimate expectation" was created in 2007 that subcontractors would be phased out and that the group would be employed directly on a permanent basis.

"They rendered services directly to Metrorail and had a minimum of three years and maximum of 14 years of uninterrupted service."

He claimed that nothing had come of various meetings held in Durban. They could not approach the Labour Court or the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration because they were not employed directly by the company.

At least 150 members of the affected 500 remained unemployed and looked to the committee for its favourable consideration of the matter.

One of them, Thembinkosi Ngema, told News24 that he, his wife and four children were surviving on child grants.

"I live in KwaMashu and the situation is very tense. I did apply for the permanent jobs, but didn't get them."

After the presentation, committee members wondered whether the matter was not more labour-related.

But Cope member Deidre Carter said: "The issue that needs to be dealt with is not a labour issue, but are we as government making use of labour brokerage? That is the biggest problem."

Committee chair Dikeledi Magadzi said more documentation was needed to properly think the matter through. She said she would likely refer it to the labour committee.

She said the committee also needed to gather information from Metrorail, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA and the transport department.

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