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COSATU Free State is shocked but not surprised by the FDC Board decision to renege on their promise to in-source security
13 April 2018
COSATU Free State is shocked by the Free State Development Corporationís decision to renege on their commitment to in-source security personnel as per our discussions with the corporation. We have since learned of an advertisement of the tender for security by the FDC Board.
This is the same Corporation that had earlier even advertised the security posts and we were expecting that the posts would be filled by the workers who are currently serving the company but through a private security company.
We had previously engaged with the Corporation as COSATU, working with our affiliated union NEHAWU in line with our policy on in-sourcing of all the outsourced services in all sectors of our economy. This was also informed by the failure of the current security company to comply with basic employment conditions, including not paying the workers on time.
As much as we are shocked with this turn around ,we are not surprised by the decision of the Board to keep the security services outsourced given the media reports about the business interest that some board members have with the very FDC they have been given a responsibility to be a guardian of.
We are not shocked as such reports have also indicated that some board members have also been beneficiaries of some properties that were sold by the Corporation, amidst fierce opposition from our side. We had argued that these properties were a cash lifeline for the Corporation.
We call on the Provincial Department of Small Business, Tourism and Economic Affairs as the representative of the shareholder to look seriously into this matter. It is unacceptable that some Board members are ethically conflicted in that they are both guardians and beneficiaries of the FDC.
As COSATU ,we condemn this behaviour of the Corporation and we will continue to challenge and take them head on these and other matters, which we believe have got very deep ethical implications for some board members and for the rest of the board..
Issued by COSATU Free State
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