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COSATU welcomes Johannesburg Mayor Mashaba's decision to in-source security guards in the City of Johannesburg
The Congress of South African Trade Unions welcomes the decision by the Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba to in-source all security guards working for the City of Johannesburg. This is a commendable decision that will change the lives of these workers and also ensure that they escape the bondage of working for exploitative private security companies.
The iniquitous crime of outsourcing and the use of exploitative labour brokers should be eliminated all across the sectors of the economy. Workers who are currently being outsourced receive no benefits, earn poverty wages and have no job security. They are bullied and intimidated against joining trade unions, therefore being denied their right to organise, bargain and strike.
It is also beyond dispute that outsourced security services are not the most effective because they are poorly trained and poorly equipped. The contracted security companies want to maximise profits and this can only be achieved by cutting corners and cutting back on staff compliments or on the tools of trade. These contracted security workers are paid low wages and they never stay for too long in one place, meaning that organisations are guarded by workers with very little institutional knowledge or loyalty. This trend applies to all outsourced services.
COSATU denounces the doubting Thomases who are questioning this move by the city of Johannesburg. They are not driven by the interests of the workers and should not interfere with a process that is about improving the lives of more than 4000 workers.
This is a longstanding resolution of the federation and we are happy to see it implemented at long last. We urge other municipalities to follow suit and other government institutions to copy what the City of Johannesburg is doing. This will go a long way in creating decent work and rescuing many workers from the indignity of working with no rights, benefits or job security.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)
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