Cosatu keeps labour broker ban in sights

2011-10-26 14:18

Johannesburg - The banning of labour brokers was Cosatu's most immediate target in order to create decent jobs, president Sidumo Dlamini said on Wednesday.

Negotiations with the government and employers regarding the labour law amendments were ongoing, he told a youth job summit in Midrand.

"Our most immediate target... is to ensure that we develop labour legislation that can effectively ban labour brokers because we believe that labour brokers cannot coexist with the country's overarching objective to create decent jobs."

The federation has sought a dispensation with legislation that would help narrow the "apartheid wage gap".

Banning labour brokers was one way to achieve this, Dlamini said in a speech prepared for delivery at the summit.

Interest rate cut

The government should cut interest rates and bring back capital controls, trade union National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said at the summit.

"This will go a long way to creating employment and jobs in the country as people with money will invest in productive sectors of the economy," said secretary general Irvin Jim.

Jim said the government should devalue the rand, describing it as the "overvalued currency".

"In addition, government should put a tax on short-term capital inflow."

Jim said the macroeconomic policies put in place after 1994 did not work.

"Government cannot continue with macroeconomic frameworks that are not working. It is time for government to be bold and intervene.

"Gear (growth, employment and redistribution) did not work," he said.

He said the macroeconomic policies after 1994 had laid the basis for accelerated deindustrialisation and job losses.

"We have done nothing significant since 1994 through our macroeconomic policies to dismantle the dominance of the mineral energy complex in our economy and society."

He said the Gear strategy framework led to massive job losses across various sector of the economy as the labour market became a target.

"Companies restructured their operations (and) outsourced what were defined as non-core functions. Permanent jobs and worker benefits and conditions were presented as a threat to the future of industries."

The summit was convened to look at what could be done to improve South Africa's economy following the economic recession and decisive measures government could take to improve the manufacturing sector.

  • JayaRe - 2011-10-26 15:18

    The only problem with labour brokers is that they want the maximum cut from all income but they don't want to part from any of that money for their contractor's benefit's.

      Martin - 2011-11-04 10:25

      The only problem with labour is that they want the maximum cut from all income but they don't want to part from any of that money for their contractor's benefit.

  • Chris - 2011-10-26 15:34

    JayaRe Ek dink jy weet nou nie eers wat jy sê nie want jy dink heelte mal verkeerd .Ek si n' arbeids makelaar en het so 50 mense wat vir my werk ek het die wat al lank vir my werk oor gesit na industriel en ek het nooit een gehad wat van die werk afgebly het nie maar nou moet jy sien nou bly hulle af vir niks maar die paar wat op kontrak is werk nog steeds soos altyd gereeld op die jop en met geen probleme nie en hulle sal altyd werk hê want hulle is meer betroubaar SO WAT Sê jy nou ??????

      JayaRe - 2011-10-26 20:33

      @Chris Net vir jou inligting, ek werk al vir 15 jaar deur makelaars. Nie een van die makelaars wat deur gewerk het, het ooit aangebied om enige iets soos bv. die minimum - verlof - aan te bied nie, maar almal het die maksimum fooie geneem wat hulle hulle hande kon ople. Verder moes ek altyd met die kontrakteer onderhandel vir 'n verhoging en verlenging van die kontrak, maar hulle was baie vinnig om hulle share te eis. Miskien is jy een van die min makelaars wat omgee vir sy mense?

  • scud - 2011-10-26 15:50

    SA has raised dumbness to new heights.

  • Boerseun - 2011-10-26 17:15

    Clearly Cosatu are way behind the curve when it comes to labour brokers. Worldwide brokers make sure people stay in jobs, the ight thing to do would be just to force them by legislation into not ripping of workers.

  • Ben_swart - 2011-10-26 17:47

    labour brokers are parasites living of other peoples hard work, they take most of the money for themself and give the minimum to artisans.

      scud - 2011-10-26 18:06

      Then control them-banning them is economic suicide. There are lots of other parasites around,many of them running the country,but we do not ban them-thats plain idiotic.

  • Etienne - 2011-10-26 17:57

    Make all jobs go through labour brokers and maybe you will create more jobs. Staff on my books are lazy and are so protected by labour law that I cannot get rid of them (and they have shares in the business)! Labour brokers staff work harder as they know their contract can be terminated.

  • Rudolph van Wyk - 2011-10-27 09:27

    I am a small business owner who had to some workers during the 2009 recession. Although my business has improved I have decided to never ever hire people permanently again. The constant demands, hassle with maintaining discipline, dealing with the union, being taken to the CCMA in spite of doing everything by the book has made me decide that I will not invest in expanding my business, will contract out services where I can and do-it-myself as far as possible.

  • Martin - 2011-11-04 10:19

    Banning labour brokers would allow COSATU to levy more power. That is what they are after. @Rudolph, I am a labour specialist. Any firm I work with, my first objective is to achieve exactly what you have done. I get rid of the old staff, and only appoint new staff on fixed term contract. I terminate these contracts at the end of the year and renew it in the new year. I do this twice (so he works for two years, regardless of his performance) then permanently terminate his employment and by that time I have a replacement ready, trained and good to go for his two years. There are many downsides to this, but the amount of time and effort that goes into dealing with "permanent" staff compensates for that more often that not. As we always say: "If you want to make them lazy, make them permanent".

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