Labour defaulters to face music

2016-04-27 06:00

PRIVATE SECURITY companies in the Free State who fail to meet the deadline for submission of requirements of labour legislation could face legal action.

Blitz inspection in private security companies conducted last month by the provincial inspectors revealed a high level of non-compliance by companies with labour legislation.

The department’s findings revealed that out of 26 security companies, only three companies were fully compliant with all prescripts of labour legislation.

Josial Ramokoena, department provincial spokesperson, said the department had given implicated security companies from 18 to 29 April to submit necessary documents of compliance with labour legislation.

“If during this inspection a company is still non-compliant, the matter will be referred to court for prosecution. The Department of Labour only recommends prosecution for non-compliant employers to court. The court will decide on the penalties to impose,” said Ramokoena.

He said cases of the various companies would be dealt with accordingly.

“The findings from the inspection indicate that the there is a very low compliance level within the private security sector.

“Some companies are not registered with the Unemployment Insurance Commissioner and the Compensation Commissioner of the Department of Labour.

“These companies do not comply with the Unemployment Insurance Act, which provides protection to workers who become unemployed, and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act. These companies were found not to be registered,” said Ramokoena. He said the decision taken was to conduct follow-up inspections during June when more companies in the private security would be inspected.

“These are additional companies that were not in the Department of Labour’s database,” said Ramokoena.

During the blitz inspection last month the department found a high level of non-compliance was with the Sectoral Determination 6 of the security sector, the Employment Equity and the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) prescripts.

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