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Inspectors Crack Whip On Errant KZN Hospitality Employers

by lloyd last modified 2008-09-30 17:07

The Department of Labour inspectors have this week began to crack the whip on defaulters

Released by Department of Labour on 29 May 2008

The Department of Labour inspectors have this week began to crack the whip on defaulters of hospitality sector minimum wage and conditions of employment


With just three days into the national inspections campaign which got off to a rigorous start in all parts of the Province, labour inspectors have already visited 185 workplaces targeting hotels, motels, inns, resorts, game lodges, guest farms, bed and breakfast establishments, timeshares, camps, caravan parks, restaurants, pubs, taverns, cafes, coffee shops, fast food outlets, snack bars and commercial, function or contract caterers.


During the current inspections, an alarming 56 employers were served with written undertakings for not complying with the basic conditions of employment as prescribed in the Hospitality Sectoral Determination. The violations include non-adherence to the minimum wage prescribed for the sector, no proof of registration with the Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Funds, no written particulars of employment in place and no payslips and attendance registers in place.In some instances, employers were found to be promoting the collection of tips and commission as a form of wages for workers.


The sectoral determination, which came into effect on July 1, 2007 stipulates that workers paid on a commission (not tips) basis should at least earn the minimum wage. Gratuities (tips) should not form part of the minimum wage.


The legislation further stipulates that the minimum wage for establishments that employ 10 or less employees is set at R1480 per month or R7, 59 an hour and for those in establishments employing more than 10 employees, is R1650 per month or R8, 46 an hour. Sunday work in the sector should be paid either at 1.5 or double the ordinary rate depending on whether the employee ordinarily works on a Sunday or not as outlined in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.



In some cases, 23 employers were served with contravention notices for flouting general safety regulations as prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.It was also found that managers at certain workplaces were unable to provide documents for scrutiny by the inspectors which resulted in subpoenaes being issued to the owners of the businesses.


Employers are warned to get their house in order as inspectors gear up to visit all workplaces in the sector until Friday, this week.

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