Oyewo-Umoh Adetola Elizabeth
The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) on September 26 2018 conducted a blitz and advocacy sessions in Durban and surrounding areas. The blitz and advocacy sessions were in line with the Department of Labour National Inspectors three-day Conference held at the Olive Convention Centre Durban from 24-26 September. The conference which also discussed issues affecting vulnerable workers in the workplaces, employment standards, Court referrals and challenges faced by the inspectorate. In addition to the Basic conditions of employment Act (BCEA), Employment Agencies Standard (EAS) and Employment Equity Act (EEA) norms/standards for 2019/20 financial year. The blitz and advocacy sessions focused on the Hospitality Sectors, Private Security, and Wholesale & Retail sectors. The blitz inspection in KwaZulu-Natal focused on Brickfield, Sparks & Alpine Roads, and West Street, Malls (Galleria, Connubial, and Arbour Crossing). The advocacy also targeted commuters in taxi ranks, railway stations. With focus in areas such as: Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, Pinetown, Isipingo, Springfield, Pinetown, Berea and the Durban central business district.
Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Commissioner Teboho Maruping pointed out during the conference that ‘we want our clients to access our services ‘anytime, anyplace, and anywhere’. We want to take away people from Labour Centre queues. We want to move to these technological platforms by December. ‘If the records are correct and captured accurately and updated, there was no reason why claims payment should be delayed’, he said.
Maruping also announced that the UIF would be unveiling a co-operative model to encourage an active citizenry in which the workers would blow the whistle on non-complying employers when it comes to UIF.
Deputy Director General; Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES), Aggy Moiloa in her speech reiterated ‘that workplace labour laws need to respond to the fourth industrial revolution as workplaces are dynamic which calls for workplace and business to respond to the trend’. She emphasized also that it is important that employers comply with South Africa’s labour legislation such as the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the implementation of the employment equity (EE) and unemployment insurance act (UIA). SMME gathered that with the blitz inspection to hospitality business in the Durban North Beach, employers paid their employees the minimum wage between R18 per hour 18-19 per minimum.