Sactawu: Cosatu must audit use of labour brokers

The union wants the federation to find out how many of its affiliates are working with labour brokers.

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union wants the use of labour brokers to be audited. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactawu) has called for Congress of South African Tradu Unions (Cosatu) to conduct an audit of how many of its affiliates have partnered and are working with labour brokers.

The proposal was heard as delegates debated their failed campaign to have labour broking completely banned at the Cosatu congress in Midrand.

It also follows scathing criticism from Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant over unions benefiting from the practice despite advocating against it.

The proposal to amend Cosatu's resolution on labour broking was put forward by clothing and textile union Sactwu.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini says the matter is haunting the federation.

"That matter is haunting us. The minister was basically saying 'if you live in a glass house, don't throw stones.'"

Earlier, Oliphant said this type of double speak from union leaders was corrupting society.

"We can't say we want to fight corruption while we are corrupting the minds of the people in South Africa. That is the worst corruption."

The Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union has also recommended that recruitment drives focus on vulnerable workers employed by the outsourcing agencies.

(Edited Masechaba Sefularo)