Are domestic workers eligible for state pension or is it the employer’s responsibility?

The short answer Domestic workers are eligible for UIF and state pension. The whole question Dear Athalie Our domestic worker has resigned after nine-and-a-half-years' full-time work. She is 65 and has arthritis and diabetes. We haven't been contributing to her UIF because we thought she would get a state pension and couldn't get both. What do we do? Should we backpay her UIF and...

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Thousands of farm workers face eviction with the end of the National State of Disaster, activists warn

Women on Farms march against evictions in the Western Cape 27 April 2022 | By Liezl Human Farm worker evictions are likely to spike with the end of the National State of Disaster, Women on Farms (WFP) has warned. WFP said when cases already on the court roll were processed, thousands of workers and their families would be evicted. About 100 women marched...

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Concourt limits interdicts against strikers

An employer cannot interdict striking workers as a group if some of those on strike commit violence By Geoffrey Allsop The Constitutional Court has ruled that an employer cannot interdict striking workers as a group if some of those on strike commit violence To allow a broad interdict without proving that specific people in the group acted unlawfully would infringe on...

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What procedures need to be followed when submitting a Review Application with the Labour Court?

The short answer Review Applications must be initiated within six weeks of the award from the CCMA. The whole question Dear Athalie My case was at the CCMA until September. On 21 October, the CCMA found in favour of my employer, so now I want to take the matter to the Labour Court for review. I already have the case number but I'm...

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Activist accused of harassment agrees to apologise to Robertson farmers

Farmer says in court papers he may have suffered “economic harm” because of the activist By Liezl Human An activist with the Rural Legal Centre in Robertson has apologised to two farmers on social media as part of a settlement agreement after the farmers took him to court for harassment. The parties came to a settlement on Friday 4 June, agreeing that if...

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Domestic workers need more time to lodge compensation claims, say unions

Workers have until November 2021 to submit retrospective claims of the last 27 years By Masego Mafata Since November last year, the Compensation Fund covers domestic workers. The inclusion was applied retrospectively, to 1994. Domestic workers were given a year to lodge these claims. There are currently no claims recorded with the Compensation Fund from domestic workers. Unions says the Labour...

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Labour Minister promises action against farmers

Dozens of farm workers complain of difficulties accessing UIF during Covid-19 lockdown By Liezl Human Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has promised that inspectors will soon be visiting farms where workers’ rights are being violated. He was responding to dozens of complaints by farm workers in the Western Cape attending an indaba. The event was hosted by Women on Farms. Labour department inspectors...

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Injured farm workers need justice and compensation

Many labourers in the Sundays River Valley have never seen a cent after suffering debilitating pain and even disability from accidents while at work. A non-profit trust wants to change this. By Anna Majavu and Bonile Bam Working outdoors in an orchard of orange trees or on a game farm in a beautiful valley is not as pleasant as it sounds....

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Minimum wage should go up 4.5%, says Commission

Domestic workers should earn the same by 2022, say majority of commissioners By James Stent Nine of the 12 members of the National Minimum Wage Commission have recommended a 4.5% increase to R21.68 an hour next year. This is higher than the current annual inflation rate of 3%. The other three members, representing business, said the increase should be limited to...

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Constitutional Court protects domestic workers

The court has ruled that these employees can claim from the Compensation Fund if injured while on duty. The ground-breaking judgment also ensures domestic workers can apply retrospectively. By Musawenkosi Cabe “It’s unbelievable. We feel like flying, we are so happy. I nearly broke into song inside , breaking the law…” These were the words of 77-year-old Eunice Dhladhla,...

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