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Spotlight falls on hospitality sector in George

by lloyd last modified 2012-11-23 10:54

23 November 2012

The forthcoming hospitality seminar in George, Western Cape, is to shed light on the high levels of noncompliance with the Sectoral determination if the results of the recent blitz inspections by the Department of Labour are anything to go by.

The event, which will be held on December 4 under the theme: Sustainable small, medium and micro enterprises, will bring together stakeholders from business, labour, government and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Labour Department’s Director General, Nkosinathi Nhleko will deliver the opening address

David Esau, Deputy Director: Inspection and Enforcement in the Western Cape, said the seminar should of necessity deliberate on “The unacceptable high rates of noncompliance- with figures showing that up to 59 percent of employers failed to abide by the Sectoral determination”.

He said the blitz exposed huge areas of noncompliance with minimum wage levels- employers not issuing pay slips to employees- observance of rest period as stipulated in Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) as well as the need to abide by the registration and contributions of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases’ Act (COIDA).

Esau said the seminar should also bolster the inspection and enforcement unit to increase its advocacy programme.

He said considering that hotels, motels, inns, resorts, game lodges and guesthouses depend on tourism, it was important that conditions of employment, labour relations and customer service were of high quality.

 

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesperson

082 809 3195


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