City of Joburg celebrates the first day for 1879 insourced cleaners

City of Joburg celebrates the first day for 1879 insourced cleaners

- Over 1800 cleaners celebrate as they enjoy their first day as insourced workers, thanks to a recent change made by the City of Johannesburg

- The cleaners will now enjoy increased benefits such as medical aid, pension and a raise in take home salary

- Through this change, the City of Joburg hopes to restore dignity to these workers, many of whom experienced years of neglect

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1879 cleaners celebrated their first day as insourced workers today, a huge triumph for the City of Johannesburg.

This decision made by the Johannesburg government will have a hugely positive effect on the lives of the cleaners.

While the cleaners used to earn a meager R3000 a month, the City of Joburg was paying more than double this amount per worker to the outsourced companies who the cleaners worked for.

Now, the insourced workers will enjoy an increased take home salary, as well as important benefits such as medical aid and pension.

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Many of the city’s cleaners suffered under terrible working conditions and neglect for decades.

This first day of work for over 1800 people represents an important turning point for South Africa’s workers.

“The insourcing of our cleaning staff is therefore a timely step meant to keep away the ravages of politically-induced exploitative tenderpreneurship as well as underemployment and unemployment”, Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba, said in a recent press statement.

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Read Mashaba’s full statement on the insourced cleaners’ first day here:

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