Labour dept cracks down on Free State employers
Several employers in the Free State might be hauled to court or fined for breaking labour laws, the provincial department of labour said on Wednesday.
This follows an inspection to check if they are adhering to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and other labour acts, spokesperson Zolisa Sigabi said.
"The four-day crackdown by the inspectors also assessed employers' compliance on other acts like unemployment insurance fund [UIF], employment equity, compensation for occupational injuries and diseases, as well as occupational health and safety," Sigabi said.
Forty-two firms were inspected in the private security, contract-cleaning, wholesale, retail, manufacturing and construction sectors.
Most of them were found to be contravening the working conditions and wage regulations applicable to them under the law, she said.
Employees are working without any contracts, payslips or attendance registers, and are being underpaid.
"Some of the employees were not registered with the UIF and the compensation fund while the Occupational Health and Safety Act was found to be non-existent."
Sigabi said employers were given 21 days to correct matters.