Makro To Employ All Outsourced Workers Permanently

Giant retailer, Makro vows to absorbed all outsourced employees. PICTURE: eNCA

CAPE TOWN: The labour’s committee has welcomed a commitment by Makro to phase out the outsourcing of staff and directly employ all workers currently employed through labour brokers.

This comes after the committee conducted its oversight visit in Bloemfontein, Free State on Thursday. 

In a statement issued by the committee, it said “Today the committee conducted oversight visit to the wholesaler’s Bloemfontein store in the Free State where management explained plans to end the outsourcing of staff.” 

“The store employs 180 permanent staff and a process to convert the employment of 265 staff members outsourced through labour brokers is expected to start next month,” further reads the statement. 

Earlier this month, Numsa won a landmark case against labour brokers in court. The court ruled that brokers cease to be co-employers once the temporary workers they place with client companies become permanent after three months with the client company.

Meanwhile, the committee stressed the need to employ young people in management positions. 

“The committee also emphasized the importance of employing more women in all levels, especially in management, saying this will contribute to women empowerment and in addressing the challenge of unemployment as women constitute a majority of the population,” the statement continued. 

“The committee also conducted oversight in the construction industry to look into issues of compliance with several labour legislations, which include Health and Safety, Conditions of Employment, Labour Relations, and other related laws,” it concluded.