Free hotline to report non-complying employers

Depart­ment of Employ­ment and Labour has launched Impim­pa Hot­line to report employ­ers flout­ing the nation­al min­i­mum wage (NMW).

Depart­ment of Employ­ment and Labour Min­is­ter Thu­las Nxe­si said the Impim­pa Hot­line will strength­en com­pli­ance with the NMW, sit­ting at R20, 76 per hour.

The hot­line assists vul­ner­a­ble, iso­lat­ed work­ers includ­ing domes­tic and farm­work­ers to report non-com­pli­ant employ­ers at no cost.

The Depart­ment is part­ner­ing with a cel­lu­lar ser­vice provider, Voda­com, to run the ini­tia­tive.

Nxe­si said inspec­tors have car­ried a series of blitzes out since last year in sev­er­al sec­tors.

Sec­tors include farm­ing, small-scale retail and pri­vate secu­ri­ty found not to be com­ply­ing with the NMW, and com­ply­ing with Basic Con­di­tions of Employ­ment Act.

“Let me just add–we are not declar­ing  war on employ­ers. With­out employ­ers, we don’t have jobs. But, we insist on cer­tain basic stan­dards to make sure the dig­ni­ty, safe­ty and bet­ter con­di­tions of ser­vice of their work­ers.

The department’s Chief Direc­tor of Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing, Them­binkosi Mkalipi said the Impim­pa Hot­line  offer for an intel­li­gent-dri­ven enforce­ment to track trou­ble­some sec­tors.

The hot­line, he said, also act as a tool to hold the Depart­ment account­able.

Mkalipi said an inspector(s) will pounce on defi­ance employ­ers with­in 14 days after work­ers have lodged a com­plaint.

Depart­ment of Employ­ment and Labour Direc­tor-Gen­er­al, Tho­bile Lamati said report­ing non-com­pli­ance was not new as it has always been there as part of rou­tine inspec­tions con­duct­ed dai­ly.

Lamati said the launch of Impim­pa Hot­line will help reduce queues in the Labour Cen­tres and also cut trav­el­ling costs to com­plainants.

 

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