Cosatu is once again at it when it comes to banning labour brokers. Despite the important role labour broking firms are playing in the labour market they are still pushing the issue.
Here is a recent extract from “The New Age” on the subject.
“…Trade union federation Cosatu is pushing for the banning of labour brokers despite the government tabling a law that calls for their regulation. Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said on Thursday they were unflinching on their stance that labour brokers be completely banned in the country. This week Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant tabled the Employment Services Bill, which proposes the regulation of labour brokers. This is one of the last labour laws to be debated in Parliament aiming to change the labour regime in the country…”
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Labour broking has been around for a very long time in South Africa. There are areas where the practice may be seen as unfair to workers, but in a country with few jobs and many people to feed, a balance needs to be found. The reality is that the unions are trying to destabilize the labour force without any regard for the future of the workers. This is motivated by both personal and political agendas and as the average labourer in South Africa is not educated enough to understand the repercussions of their actions, the eventual result of success for the unions will most likely lead to decreased productivity and a failing economy.
Labour broker’s seem to be only one of the hurdles the unions and labour force need to cross on their path to ultimate destruction, and those in control understand they need only keep chipping away at the issue to eventually taste success.
The reality is however that with ever increasing strikes and poorer labour performance, smaller companies will have to start looking for a more formal structure to manage their labour, and while the labour broker issue remains a headache for the unions such as Cosatu, the actions they are taking is strengthening the resolve and requirement for labour brokers.