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Cosatu: Statement by the Congress of South African Trade Unions on the Rural Bafokeng Administration (21/08/2009)

21st August 2009

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the NW Province condemns the highly disappointing manner in which the very important, respected Tribal Administration of Royal Bafokeng is treating its workers.

At a COSATU and SAMWU mass meeting, as part of our six months programme on membership service, recruitment, scraping labour brokers, contractors and better conditions of service for all workers, it was reported that the Royal Bafokeng Administration has been treating workers very badly.

We are shocked by the report from workers, who have been employed for 24 years with no contract of employment, no provident fund and no medical aid, earning between R2100.00 - R3000.00 per month.

The Royal Bafokeng Administration is still practicing discrimination or racism, such as employing white workers from outside the country and paying them between R40 000 or R50 000 per month. Workers are employed by contractors and labour brokers run by the children of Royal Bafokeng. Workers are not respected, treated badly, and dismissed after joining SAMWU.

During the Confederations Cup, people from outside the North West province were employed or given business such as security and catering. It is the federation's view that the 2010 project should be creating jobs and eradicating poverty for the people of the province.

COSATU calls the 2010 Provincial Organising Committee to respect the principles of the National LOC, and show respect to the people of North West, and we call on the MEC of Sports, Arts and culture to intervene politically on matters of workers.

We call on the head of administration of Royal Bafokeng to respect all the legislation we achieved since 1994 which include the following:
Ø Labour Relation Act.
Ø Basic Conditions of Employment Act
Ø Skills Act
Ø Occupational Health and Safety Act
Ø South African Constitutional rights for workers to belong the union of their choice.

We call on the Royal Bafokeng to employ all workers who are currently under contractors and labour brokers as permanent workers of Royal Bafokeng, and all workers who have been employed as temporary for over 15 to 24 years to be employed permanently.

We demand the Department of Labour national to carry out an inspection at the Royal Bafokeng Administration.

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