ActionSA welcomes the tabling of the long-awaited report into the feasibility of insourcing cleaners and security guards at the City of Ekurhuleni today, in line with ActionSA’s election promise to insource contracted workers in municipalities.
It is, however, unfortunate that the report was tabled – and sent to councillors hours before the Council meeting – only after ActionSA wrote to Executive Mayor, Tania Campbell, to inquire about its release. This is in contravention of council standing rules where reports are typically sent at least three days before a council meeting.
The approved report recommends that a larger feasibility study be undertaken, to be submitted to Council by April 2023, whereafter a decision on insourcing can be made.
ActionSA maintains that all security, cleaning, gardening, catering and laundry service contract workers should be insourced. We will not accept a hybrid method of insourcing, as previously proposed by the Municipality, but will advocate for the full insourcing of all contract workers.
While the current feasibility report show there may be a short-term increase in costs for insourcing, it also indicated that the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
For far too long workers have suffered in poor working conditions, low wages without benefits, and the disregard of their dignity as a result of insourcing, and ActionSA – committed to being a constructive opposition in the City of Ekurhuleni – will continue to advocate for their full insourcing.
As a party which values social justice, ActionSA believes that all employees deserve to be afforded the rights they deserve and be treated with respect.