Cosatu is deeply concerned about Multi National and South African companies importing foreign labour for jobs that South Africans can do. This attempt by companies to profit by flouting SA immigration laws is unacceptable. There are many jobs in the IT Sector that can be done by South African graduates, that companies are importing labour for. We have it on reliable advice that the following companies are importing IT skilled persons from India, IT Ridge technologies, WIPRO, L&T to replace South African workers.
We are calling on the department of Labour to do inspections at the company to investigate compliance with SA legislation. We further call on the department of Home Affairs to investigate whether these Indian workers have legal work permits and how they got immigration clearance when we have people in the Country who can do those jobs. Cosatu is not being Xenophobic, but the first responsibility of South Africa is to South Africans and their job security.
Source: Congress of South African Trade Unions