Warning about odd-job workers

2016-06-08 06:00

THE public is warned to take extra precautions when hiring temporary workers who gather in the vicinity of the Naidoo and Baijoo road intersection in Raisethorpe.

This is due to the numerous cases of intimidation and threats to the people who pick them up to do odd jobs on their property.

Sadly, hidden among these work seekers are thugs and robbers who pretend to seek work.

Residents living in close vicinity to these pick-up points have come under attack by this unwelcome lot, who at times harass residents for food and water, and sometimes steal and urinate­ on their front lawn.

More trouble is caused by the daily illegal gambling which at times turns to violence.
The community raised this burning issue at public meetings and made several requests to the SAPS for more police visibility in the area, however, the culprits return within minutes to the spot and ply their trade.

A few simple tips before you pick up or engage a temporary worker.

• Make sure the work seeker has a valid ID document, and record the details.

• Explain the job description, working hours and remuneration before engaging these temporary workers.

• Establish his or her experience because many temporary workers, desperate for work, will claim to be qualified and then damage your machinery or material, due to inexperience and you will still have to pay them a day’s wage, or “get your hands bitten while feeding them”.

j. singh Raisethorpe

Make sure the work seeker has a valid ID document, and record the

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