Blitz on farm job conditions

2010-06-22 00:00

DEPARTMENT of Labour inspectors swooped on KwaZulu-Natal’s agriculture and forestry sector to check on occupational health and safety in workplaces as well as conditions of employment in both sectors.

The week-long blitz is aimed at dealing with abuses, as reports in the province reveal that most employers are contravening some of the regulations.

The inspectors report that employers are allegedly not providing pay slips for their employees and written particulars of employment, and are not granting employees annual leave.

The inspectors also observed that some employees are not provided with the necessary safety gear such as safety boots, overalls and goggles.

Page Boikanyo, a spokesperson for the department, said the swoop is aimed at ensuring compliance by employers with government regulations.

He said notices have been issued to defaulting employers.

Follow-up inspections will be conducted to check if working conditions improve, Boikanyo added.

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