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southafricalogoBusiness Day’s Theto Mahlakoana writes that the office of the country’s labour registrar should be taken to task over the appalling state of trade unions in the country.  

Corruption, fraud and other financial crimes are said to be the order of the day in a number of unions.  The author points out that, while law enforcement agencies are equally to blame for not taking on such cases with vigour, the labour registrar is empowered by the Labour Relations Act to act against organisations that are not compliant with the law, including those unable to account for the use of workers’ monies.  It is argued that unions demand transparency from public and private sector employers, yet “membership subscriptions and union investment companies are quietly being looted.”  Cases of corruption in transport union Satawu, municipal union Samwu and chemical union Ceppwawu are given as examples.  

The labour minister recently advocate Lehlohonolo Molefe as new labour registrar and within his first few weeks in the job he sent out a notice of intention to deregister the SA Local Government Association (Salga) for not complying with the law.  Yet Satawu, Samwu and Ceppwawu have yet to catch his attention.  It is opined that, if Molefe fails to act, he will be contributing to the decline of the labour movement.

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