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gautengBusiness Report writes that following Cosatu’s nationwide march last week against corruption and state capture, metalworkers’ union Numsa claimed to have succeeded in forcing the Gauteng government to ban labour brokers.  

Numsa’s spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi noted that Makhura had announced during the march that the provincial government would ban labour brokers by the end of the year.  “What Mr Makhura failed to mention was that his government has no choice but to ban labour brokers, because Numsa has been instrumental in ensuring that the labour law strengthens the rights of all contract and temporary workers,” said Hlubi.  She pointed out that the Labour Appeals Court confirmed in July that contract workers automatically became full-time employees after a three-month period has lapsed.  But Premier David Makhura’s spokesperson, Thabo Masebe, had a different take on the matter and said:  “We are phasing them out.  The premier can’t ban labour brokers.  What he said at the Cosatu march is that the Gauteng provincial government will phase them out.  We will stop using the labour brokers at the end of the financial year.”

  • Read this report by Luyolo Mkentane in full at Business Report
  • Read Numsa’s press statement on this matter at Numsa online
  • See too, Cosatu welcomes Gauteng premier’s pledge to end labour brokering, at City Press

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