Domestic inspections on the cards

The labour department will visit homes across the country this month to make sure domestic workers are getting their wage increases.

“These blitz inspections come just after the annual [wage] increases implemented in December, and these visits serve as a follow-up to check as to whether employers are adhering to the determination,” labour’s chief director in Western Cape, Teboho Thejane, said in a statement on today.

The minimum wage per hour is R9.12 for a person working 27 hours a week or less, and for more than 27 hours, the wage is R7.72 per hour.

The monthly minimum wage for a person working more than 27 hours a week is R1 506.35 and for less than 27 hours it is R1 067.15 per month.

The inspections would focus on compliance with legislation governing the sector, such as the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

In Western Cape, inspectors would visit homes in Constantia, Bishops Court, Pinelands, Vredenburg and Somerset West.

The visits will take place from January 17 to January 21.

Thejane said: “Employers found in contravention of the labour laws will be issued with relevant notices to rectify the identified non-compliance issues.

“These are undertakings which will, if non-compliance persists beyond the prescribed time, be followed by compliance orders.”

Follow-up inspections would take place in February.

Since the inception of the Domestic Sectoral Determination in September 2002, the department had registered about 740 000 employees.

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