Labour Minister Oliphant hosts Domestic Workers Imbizo in Soweto

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

In taking up the cudgel to improving the lives of the vulnerable workers, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is set to host a Domestic Workers Imbizo to interact with the workers as part of her department's public consultations.

The Domestic Workers’ Imbizo is the fourth since Oliphant initiated the programme to engage with Domestic Workers. Oliphant uses the forums to interact with workers on matters of working conditions; general rights of workers; effects of labour legislation on the workers; and extension of social security benefits to workers such as the Unemployment Insurance Fund, the Compensation of Injuries and Disabilities Act, and pension benefits.

To date, Oliphant has hosted three public consultations forums. These were held in Khayelitsha, Western Cape; Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape.

As per the Sectoral Determination that governs the working conditions of employment in the sector, Domestic Workers include those who work in private household; people employed by employment services; independent contractors who are doing domestic work; a person doing gardening in a private home; people who look after children, sick, or old people and people with disabilities in a private home; and a person driving for the household.

During the Imbizo Oliphant will be accompanied by senior management of the department and its various public entities including the Compensation Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. There will also be an exhibition by the department of its array of services to delegates/stakeholders attending the event.

The upcoming Imbizo will be held at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto, next to Maponya Mall at Chris Hani Road. The Imbizo will be held on 06-Sepmber-2014. It is set to start at 9am.

Photo caption: Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is set to host a Domestic Workers Imbizo to interact with the workers as part of her department's public consultations.