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Farm inspections underway in NC

───   14:58 Tue, 16 May 2017

Farm inspections underway in NC | News Article

The Northern Cape Department of Labour says it will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that employers who do not comply with the basic conditions of the Employment Act are brought to book.

The department’s spokesperson, Kebalepile Khula, says it has come to light that a number of farm employers in the province are still not adhering to the basic conditions of the Employment Act and ill-treat workers. He says at farms visited recently, workers raised many concerning issues.

“The farming sector is still being faced with challenges whereby some of the farm workers are still complaining about their employers not adhering to the basic conditions of the Employment Act and not providing them with protective clothing. There was also an issue with regard to the conditions farm dwellers are kept in. Workers living on these farms are not happy with the conditions they have to endure”.

He says they will ensure that employers in the farming sector meet the required conditions and standards set by the labour law. He adds that a number of employers still do not register their employees for UIF. Khula says they will have regular, unannounced visits to farms across the province. He says they have launched investigations into farms where they have found some level of transgression.

OFM News/Katleho Morapela

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