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joburgcityNews24 reports that the City of Johannesburg will be insourcing (directly hiring) 1,879 cleaners, starting with 450 who will go on the metropolitan municipality's books.  

Mayor Herman Mashaba's office indicated on Thursday:  "These cleaners previously earned a mere R3,000 per month, while the City paid around R6,500 per cleaner to the outsourced companies they worked for.  These cleaners will now be able to take home more than R4,000 per month after deductions from a salary of around R5,600."  Their perks will include a pension and medical aid.  "We are thrilled with it.  The City should have its own workforce," said Mark Gericke of the Independent and Municipal Allied Trade Union (Imatu) in Johannesburg.  But he also reported that although the recent insourcing of security guards had been positively received, it had not all been smooth sailing.  He explained that it was done hastily so there were hiccups with getting uniforms, clearance certificates and they were still clarifying how overtime pay would work because the guards worked long hours.  Deciding who would work where also had to be ironed out.  "Those were the only real problems.  People are generally happy about it," Gericke said.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Jenni Evans at News24

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