Scrap the Tollgates, Ban Labour Brokers, Says NUM

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) calls on the South African Road Agency Limited (SANRAL) and the Ministry of Transport to scrap the tollgates erected as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme. The NUM is of the view that these tollgates are costly and would have a very negative effect on the economy of Gauteng as well as serious negative repercussions on jobs.

The National Union of Mineworkers appeals to civil society to join the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) organised protests against both these tollgates and the banning of labour brokers. “We cannot allow these to continue. These tolls must be removed and the ban for labour brokers must happen now” says Frans Baleni, the NUM general secretary.

“We will not rest on our laurels until those that have to make the decisions make the required decisions” says Baleni.

On the banning of labour brokers, the NUM appeals on the state to be more decisive in taking action to eliminate the blood suckers.

The NUM is totally opposed to the privatisation of our roads and to the legalisation of the blood-sucking practice of labour broking and will join the protest action en masse to demand that all these be abolished. The NUM calls on its over 320 000 members, students and civil society at large to join in the protests on Wednesday.

For more information contact:

Lesiba Seshoka
National Spokesman
National Union of Mineworkers
Tel: 011 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719

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Date published: 
Tuesday, 6 March, 2012
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