Labour inspectors to ‘blitz’ farms, firms in Mpumalanga

Staff Writer | May 27, 2019
The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) in Mpumalanga is set to conduct ‘rigorous blitz inspections’ in the Malelane district, particularly in the agriculture sector.]

Mpumalanga labour inspectors will be conducting a blitz as part of the department’s ‘workers’ month programme’. 

The purpose of ‘workers’ month’ is to advocate for all employment laws to stakeholders; to examine how national labour standards are applied through inspection and enforcement of employment laws, and to educate and advise social partners on labour market policies.

The aim is to advise employers and employees on the provisions of employment law. The project will also test compliance with the new National Minimum Wage Act (NMWA) as well as with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Unemployment Insurance Act and Unemployment Contributions Act.

Provincial Chief Inspector Nonyaniso Njwambe says that while the NMWA prescribes wages in the agricultural sector at R18 per hour, employers who are paying above this rate should take note that the law does not allow them to decrease the wages in order to align with the NMWA.

‘Non-compliance will be addressed through the enforcement processes. The compliance with employment law requires collaborated efforts from different stakeholders. These will include employers, employees and Department of Labour,’ said Njwambe.

The IRR has consistently held that the national minimum wage is inimical to reducing South Africa’s 27.6% unemployment rate. This particularly holds in agriculture, which is seen a significant job-creating sector.

IRR analysis indicates that all of South Africa’s labour law needs to be revised to create a more competitive employment environment and to encourage businesses to grow and employ more, rather than fewer, people. 

 

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