Labour Dept check domestic worker compliance

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The Labour Department has embarked on a blitz inspection in four provinces to check employer compliance with the sectoral determination that sets minimum wages and conditions of employment in the domestic sector.

Areas to be visited are in Free State, Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape.

Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said the campaign would be predicated on advocacy and education for both workers and employers about the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).

"We have chosen to target the domestic sector in particular and to intensify our advocacy campaign because while the domestic sector constitutes one of the biggest economic sectors in the country, it also employs some of the most vulnerable workers and it is therefore our duty as government to protect such workers," said Minister Mdladlana.

He said the enforcement strategy of the country's labour laws had always been driven by the desire to educate all stakeholders on how best to implement them for their mutual benefit.

The minister called on both employers and workers to use labour centres located throughout the country for assistance in implementing the laws.

"There are 125 labour centers and over 500 satellite offices even in the remotest of areas around the country to educate our people.

"I therefore wish to urge all concerned parties to help to contact the nearest centres for assistance and for us to successfully implement the sectoral determination in the domestic sector," Mdladlana said.

Source: BuaNews

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