Mothlanthe was flanked by acting premier Madala Masuku and MEC's Dikeledi Mahlangu for public works, roads and transport and Reginah Mhaule for education, including SACP central committee member Charles Setsubi. picture France Nyaka
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for workers to be given at least eight hours a day leisure time and not to be made slaves at work.
Motlanthe was addressing more than 4000 people who were clad in trade union regalia at the eMbalanhle Stadium near Secunda yesterday.
The Workers’ Day rally was also attended by Mpumalanga acting Premier Madala Masuku, public works, roads and transport MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu, education MEC Reginah Mhaule, SACP central committee member Charles Setsubi, ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola and acting ANCYL provincial secretary Clarence Maseko.
“It is vital that workers do not work for 24 hours without taking time to rest. They need to have leisure time of at least eight hours a day,” said Motlanthe.
“Workers have the right to interact with their employers about their salaries so that they are not turned into slaves.
“If workers are not conscious they may find themselves being abused and their rights violated,” he said.
Motlanthe urged workers to fight corruption and said they needed to be their own liberators.
“Corruption in the workplace forms another part of workers’ abuse. Every worker needs to be a whistle-blower against corruption,” said Motlanthe.
SACP central committee member Charles Setsubi said the government needed to ban labour brokers.
“Labour brokers need to be totally destroyed because they cause serious exploitation of our workers and steal from them,” Setsubi said.
The service of workers is really essential, but the availability of labour brokers continues to destroy their rights and importance.”