Over the last 15 years we've seen the emergence and growth of the practice of labour broking in South Africa, which places workers, particularly those employed on the lowest rungs of the South African economy, in a very precarious position with respect to job security and a host of related quality of life indicators.
Ighsaan Schroeder of the Casual Workers Advice Office explains Why Cosatu called for a general strike against the practice of labour broking. However, he argues that the trade union federation's call for a ban on labour brokers is highly problematic for a number of reasons, not least of which is Cosatu's inability to respond to the changing nature of the South African work force.
He ventures further to say that the demise of the traditional trade union is imminent. In Schroeder's view, it may not be too long before Cosatu itself disappears.
"I'd be surprised if Cosatu is still here in 15 years time," he contends.
- Guidelines issued in terms of section 95(8)- Guidelines on registration of trade unions and employer organisations (2018)
- Assign Services (Pty) Limited V National Union of Metalworkers Union of South Africa And Others (Casual Workers Advice Office as Amicus Curiae)
- Assign Services (Pty) Limited v National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa
- Dispute between Numsa and labour brokers continues
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