Workers placed by labour brokers will from now on automatically become employees after three months.
This is according to a ruling by the Constitutional Court on a matter brought by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) against labour brokers.
Numsa spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, says this is a victory for workers everywhere because they've been fighting this battle for over a decade.
She says unions needed clarity on who between labour brokers and client companies is effectively the employer of temporary workers who have been contracted for more than three months.
We are thankful that the Constitutional Court has read and understood the law exactly how it was intended to be written.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, NUMSA Spokesperson
They have defined the relations between workers and labour brokering companies as a temporary relationship and as a relationship which cannot exceed three months.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, NUMSA Spokesperson
In practice, if you are a worker who is working under a labour brokering company for three months and more, you are now permanent and eligible to receive the same benefits as permanent employees.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, NUMSA Spokesperson
To hear the rest of the interview with Numsa's Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Workers under labour brokers become permanent after 3 months, ConCourt rules