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Labour Minister Oliphant puts agricultural sector under the spotlight in the Western Cape

by lloyd last modified 2013-10-15 16:20

15 October 2013

Fresh from a child labour seminar in Brazil, labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, is to join teams of inspectors during the week-long agricultural blitz inspections in the Western Cape region of Citrusdal on Thursday.

Accompanying her will be senior officials of the Department who will witness the Minister at work. She will also be joined by Department of Labour Director-General, Nkosinathi Nhleko.

The campaign will focus on checking compliance with occupational health and safety (OHS) conditions as well as the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). In her pursuance of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) goal of decent work, the Minister will also use the occasion to impress upon employers that “workers’ rights are human rights and that they should not prioritise profits above workers’ lives.”’

The media is invited to join the Minister for a post inspection media briefing:

DATE:                    Thursday, 17 October 2013

TIME:                    1pm (13:00)

VENUE:                Mouton Citrus Farming (approx. 13kms from Citrusdal town)

       Boardroom

Issued by:           Musa Zondi

                                Ministerial Spokesperson

                                082-901-8081

                                and Candice van Reenen

                                083-243-3353


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