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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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