November 14, 2018

Letter to the editor

Thank you for your October edition of Notes from the House. I did not personally know Lennox Garane but I certainly extend my sympathy and condolences to his family.

I have a small understanding of the problem that he was experiencing as I talk almost daily to members of the Parliamentary staff who feel they’ve been bullied and threatened by their seniors and managers. Many of the staff have come to know that I am a practicing labour lawyer and the word seems to have been spread that I am happy to give advice and to share some experiences with those who have been ill treated.

More often than not, many discussions result in no action specifically because the staff member concerned is too scared to lose his or her job. I regularly explain to the individuals that we have almost ten million unemployed people in South Africa today and to lose ones job could often mean years of unemployment.

The purpose of this letter to you is to state that the employment environment in Parliament is unfortunately not pleasant and there seems to be a thread of disrespect for the individual. Unfortunately all of these individuals want their names and positions kept confidential and although many of them are unionised they are too scared to even ask their union to intervene. I believe that even the short discussions that I have with these individuals are helpful. My plea is for the management to think carefully before they berate someone and for Parliament to implement a more effective grievance policy and procedure.

Best regards,

MICHAEL BAGRAIM

DA Labour Spokesperson

 

Letter to the editor

Thank you for your October edition of Notes from the House. I did not personally know Lennox Garane but I certainly extend my sympathy and condolences to his family.

I have a small understanding of the problem that he was experiencing as I talk almost daily to members of the Parliamentary staff who feel they’ve been bullied and threatened by their seniors and managers. Many of the staff have come to know that I am a practicing labour lawyer and the word seems to have been spread that I am happy to give advice and to share some experiences with those who have been ill treated.

More often than not, many discussions result in no action specifically because the staff member concerned is too scared to lose his or her job. I regularly explain to the individuals that we have almost ten million unemployed people in South Africa today and to lose ones job could often mean years of unemployment.

The purpose of this letter to you is to state that the employment environment in Parliament is unfortunately not pleasant and there seems to be a thread of disrespect for the individual. Unfortunately all of these individuals want their names and positions kept confidential and although many of them are unionised they are too scared to even ask their union to intervene. I believe that even the short discussions that I have with these individuals are helpful. My plea is for the management to think carefully before they berate someone and for Parliament to implement a more effective grievance policy and procedure.

Best regards,

MICHAEL BAGRAIM

DA Labour Spokesperson

 

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