A total of 40 farms out of the 333 recently visited by labour inspectors in Limpopo do not comply with Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
Department of Labour’s Provincial Chief Inspector Phaswana Tladi said issues of great concern in the affected farms were minimum wage, written particulars of employment, information on pay as well as record keeping.
Tladi was speaking at Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) User Forum on Agriculture in Polokwane on Wednesday.
The forum was attended by representatives from Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development and Land Reform and Department of Labour, trade unions including employer organisation from Agricultural Sector.
CCMA Director, Cameroon Morajane had invited the farming sector to become part of the organisation’s initiative to engage and create a partnership and relationship to understand each other.
“Before a Commissioner can assist in resolving disputes, she/he must understand the sector. We are moving in the direction where Commissioners need to specialise in the sectors they will be assisting in,” said Morajane.
The forum forms part of the CCMA’s strategic efforts to engage the agricultural sector in establishing understanding and also a platform to work together in dealing with bargaining issues like challenges as well as the Commission’s Job Saving Strategy.
The presentation highlighted cases between employers and employees which has a bearing on decisions on all participants in the dispute including the Commission
Morajane told participants that it was important to have a succession plan in an organisation because when an experienced person leaves, there is a huge vacuum which affects productivity.
He urged stakeholders to report on issues that they represent without focusing on time constraints.
“We can never stop learning, the each one teach one formula can never stop. One can never have too much information, when we meet there is often an information gap, whenever we have these forums, we need to strike a balance,” he said.