Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Labour brokering hearings set for provinces

By Ofentse Mokae
30 September 2009


Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour will hold public hearings on labour brokering in four provinces next week.

The hearings will start from Monday October 5 to Thursday October 8 this year.

The towns to be visited are Welkom in Free State on Monday, Klerksdorp in the North West on Tuesday, Germiston in Gauteng on Wednesday, and Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

Last month, the Committee held a two-day public hearing in Parliament where stakeholders, including trade unions, civil society and labour brokers, were given an opportunity to present their views on labour brokering.

Labour committee chairperson Lumka Yengeni says the process is unavoidable as parliament is obliged to involve the public in all national matters.

“This is in line with Parliament’s role of facilitating debate on key national issues, and its continuous effort to involve everybody in that process, the Committee resolved that the hearings should be extended to provinces,” she said.

The hearings will enable the Committee to get first hand information from the communities about labour brokering.

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