25 July 2012
NEHAWU is deeply disturbed by an advert, that appeared in the Sunday Times last weekend, from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, [NFSAS] inviting tenders on the “appointment of a panel of recruitment agencies or Labour brokers for a period of two years”.
This comes at a time when workers are calling for an immediate moratorium on outsourcing and the use of Labour brokers especially in government and its agencies, in order to secure decent work for the workers.
We find it deeply disconcerting that at a time when all stakeholders are working to improve the quality of service in the education especially the higher education sectors we still see government agencies that are delegating their responsibility to the private sector.
Our union is fully behind the call to eradicate the tendering system and privatization of services especially in the education and health sectors.
The country is currently trying to clean the mess of textbooks delivery to the schools in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal and at the centre of that crisis is the ineffectual and corrupt tender system.
We are calling on the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande to take immediate action to address the problem of outsourcing and the exploitation of workers by labour brokers in the higher education sector.
He must intervene at NSFSAS in order to ensure that the tender invitation is withdrawn completely.
We expect that all the state institutions and agencies will start to take full responsibility of the mandate that has been given to them and will refrain from delegating their responsibility to the private sector.
NEHAWU is adamant in its opposition to the use of labour brokers because they exploit workers and compromise service delivery. They perpetuate poverty by denying workers their appropriate benefits and rob them of their livelihood ;therefore stealing and destroying the future of the next generation.
We are unyielding in our demand of fulltime decent jobs especially in an environment of 40% unemployment and chronic poverty.
The union commits itself to intensify its opposition to the use of labour brokers and we will mobilize to ensure that workers get decent work and their rights are respected.
Sizwe Pamla, NEHAWU National Spokesperson