Back-room dealings done

2016-07-20 06:00

ROY JANKIELSOHN, Democratic Alliance member in the Free State legislature, Bethlehem:

BETHLEHEM is home to a number of foreign-owned businesses, mostly in the centre of the town. It is unfortunate that not only do some of these businesses not adhere to South African labour laws, but they do so with the support of the Department of Labour.

Such businesses pay far below prescribed minimum wages, have no or unacceptable contracts with employees and do not give employees the prescribed paid leave per annum. These same businesses have been inspected by the Department of Labour’s inspectors.

In some instances, the labour inspectors interview employees and then disappear into the offices and back rooms of the business owners. Employees never hear from these inspectors again and their “slave-like” conditions remain unchanged.

On the other hand, South African businesses are regularly inspected and strictly subjected to labour legislation and minimum wages. One can only imagine what transpires in private offices and back rooms between labour inspectors and unscrupulous business owners.

Perhaps such people are following the lead of Jacob Zuma and the Guptas, also at the cost of the welfare of our people.

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