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KZN farms law compliance levels impress Labour inspectors

by lloyd last modified 2008-08-15 18:05

KZN farms law compliance levels impress Labour inspectors

Released by Department of Labour on 30 July 2008

Labour inspectors currently conducting raids on KwaZulu-Natal farms for workplace law compliance have expressed pleasure at the levels of conformity that they have recorded since Monday (July 27).

 

So far, 101 (77 percent) of the 132 farms visited as part of this five-day crusade have been applauded for fully complying with the legislation, whilst only 31 (23 percent) were found to be not complying.

 

The agricultural sector has been placed under the spotlight as part of the department’s national drive to enhance the visibility of it’s inspectorate in the most remote and rural communities of the country.This national inspection campaign is also aimed at improving compliance in industries with high incident rates as well as the sectoral determination that regulates the basic conditions of employment for the sector.

 

Inspectors are among other things checking for compliance with health and safety measures, availability of risk assessment plans where required, training of workers on health and safety issues and the provision of protective wear for workers.

 

Some of the main contraventions by farmers at this stage, point to no health and safety reps or committees being appointed, no first aider on duty, no electrical installation certificate being available, no protective wear being provided for workers, no toilet facilities or toilet paper available, no incident registers kept and no fire extinguishers available or if available, not properly serviced.

 

A total of 34 contravention notices were served to the defaulting farmers who were given 60 days to rectify the situation.Other violations includes incorrect payment of over-time wages for which a written undertaking was secured.In the Newcastle area a written undertaking was also secured from an employer who violated different sections of the Employment Equity Act.These included no consultation with workers being carried out, no EE plan in place and  no proof of annual reports submitted to the department.

The inspections wrap up on Friday (Aug, 1).

Enquiries: Name Page Boikanyo
Telephone 0828093195
Email page.boikanyo@labour.gov.za





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