Vavi: Ban labour brokers

2011-09-08 11:55

Johannesburg - Workers want a total ban of labour brokers, Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday.

"We want to be hired directly by those benefiting from our labour," he told a Food and Allied Workers' Union congress in Johannesburg.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant earlier this week said it was not possible to heed union demands to ban brokers overnight.

She said the Labour Relations Act first needed to be amended and phased out.

The main problem with labour brokers is that the work agreement is between the broker and employer, instead of between the employer and employee. Salaries are then paid to brokers.

Vavi said workers also wanted an affordable and efficient public transport system to replace the "moving coffins" that marginalised people were forced to use.

He felt the Gautrain was for the elite.

"We continue to be frustrated by trains that are insufficient and unreliable."

Cosatu would also take up the issue of water accessibility.

"We are told that we are going downhill and that by 2017, we will run out of water here in Gauteng. This is because we don't have enough dams."

He said water underground was "spoilt" because of mining, and that acid water threatened drinking water and vegetation.

"These are important demands that we are pursuing," Vavi said.


  • Tolerant - 2011-09-08 12:26

    Ban unions too, so the poor can have more money to spend.

  • mac-sdi - 2011-09-08 12:27

    tell the businesses your members work in to stop using these brokers. Tell them to contract with workers directly. If that happens, brokers will be redundant

      tryanything - 2011-09-08 19:26

      Yes and tell the workers not to work for brokers...then it is a fair choice...only work for employers directly..

  • Dougalan - 2011-09-08 12:31

    It's not 'workers' who don't want labour brokers (who provide work for many who would otherwise not have any), it's Vavi and his union head honchos. They are sour at not getting the workers' dues that the unions so greedily feed on already, to the extent of tens of millions of rands per month.

  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-08 12:36

    Unfortunately most employers do not want to employ directly, as they are then open directly to the difficult labour force we have to work with. Unions are not there to create good working relationships, they are there to blackmail employers and protect their members even if they are guilty as sin. Then they take it to the CCMA to extort further payments from employers.

  • Ang - 2011-09-08 12:38

    Vavi, Do you realise that you are creating further unemployment??!?! You don't strike me as a stupid man?

  • proudly - 2011-09-08 12:46

    Labour brokers are doing a damn good job, it is also easier to get rid of 'bad' employees, that is what the union does not approve of! There can be 100 dams and it will still not be sufficient until the municipalities become more efficient!

      terence.hess - 2012-03-07 17:58

      you are obviously ill informed,proudly you must wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Mart - 2011-09-08 12:58

    Banning labour brokers in certain industries will encourage mechanisation.....there goes how many jobs out the window.

  • Bullhunter - 2011-09-08 15:47

    Vavi, you only represent 1 million workers. What about the 8 million unemployed or the opinions of 48 million ,other South Africans?But I guess in your little red book all decisions must be cetralised by a handfull of 'wekers'.

  • Eishh - 2011-09-08 15:57

    Nobody force any worker to work through a labour broker. The worker choose to use labour brokers. The only advantage I see for using a labour broker is for temporary workers. Unless you have no HR department, the use of a labour broker add additional cost to your labour costs as the labour broker also have cost to recover and makes profit. My experience is that those who use labour brokers are either currently unemployed and to temp work waiting for permanent employment or are high qualified people who don't want permanent employment and choose to work through a labour broker.

  • Sammy - 2011-09-08 16:58

    Could someone tell me how many new jobs Cosatu have sponsored or created besides telling business how to run themselves and disrupt productivity in an already stagnant market.They are forever running employers down but do nothing themselves to alleviate poverty.

  • derek55 - 2011-09-08 17:36

    "Benefiting from our labour". What do you mean? Are you saying the workers themselves do not benefit from their labour? Do they not earn a wage for what they do? If they are not happy with their wage, why do they take on the job? You cannot take on a position and then later on complain you are being paid too little. Do you not check this at the onset? If you are not happy with the wage offered, do not take on the position, or resign and go go and look for something else. You cannot pay a delivery driver the same as someone driving a train. The remuneration should be according to the job being done. If a professor is employed as a gardener, it is his/her choice and should be paid as a gardener, not just because he is educated as a professor. If you wany to be paid a better wage or salary, produce more, work better, be smarter and neater, do the work in a manner you and your employer can be proud of. Then maybe you won't have to strike and riot to get an increase.

  • DoctorSays - 2011-09-08 17:41

    Yes Vavi my friend! We all want everything to be perfect, like a reliable productive workforce to compete on the global stage.... But we just can't get it all my man! PS: Funny thing that those "moving coffins" will be exempt from paying Gauteng toll fees, don't you think?

  • Davearch - 2011-09-08 22:55

    Send Vavi to Swaziland ...

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-03-05 23:51

    If unions co-operated with business instead of taking an automatic and aggressive oppositional stance, the market for labour brokers would not have existed in the first place. Business owners' biggest risk is a volatile workforce. Vavi must get off his outdated Marxist podium and realise that more than anything we need new startups to feel safer. They should be able to negotiate their own terms with their employees.

  • pages:
  • 1