WITH REFERENCE to “To my mind” (4 June) and an earlier report by Richard Pike ( Finweek 28 May 2008) in which he alleges the industry isn’t understood, perhaps he could explain the following events so that we (the public) can comprehend them. At a certain provincial hospital there are between 15 and 20 staff members recruited by an employment bureau and offered a contract to work. Our daughter, a qualified staff sister, obtained contract employment for one month: 10% of her income goes to the bureau.
After that she obtained another contract for a month. That process has been repeated monthly for the past five years. In other words, the bureau receives between R5 000 and R6 000/year from one staff member.
That staff member now does specialised work. Even the ECGs for heart surgery, as well as lung function tests, are entrusted to her. She’s repeatedly assured her position is being reviewed to become a permanent appointment with medical and pension benefits, but nothing ever comes of it.
The Department of Labour says it can’t act for contract workers (from employment agencies). The Department of Health says it has 37 000 vacancies. The employment agency people get about R30 000 from one contract worker in five years.
How do you explain this, Mr Pike?