The Department of Employment and Labour through Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has to date paid more than R128 million to domestic workers’ COVID-19 relief fund claims.
The department has urged employers to lodge claims relief funds for May on behalf of their workers, particularly in vulnerable sectors such as domestic and farm workers.
UIF Commissioner, Teboho Maruping said between April 16 and June 17, the fund has paid 35 374 domestic workers a collective amount of R128 904 782.
Considering that live-in domestic workers are already back at work, said Maruping we have not done enough to give proper sustenance to this vulnerable group.
“We have done something, but it may not be good enough. We have been, and continue to encourage employers to lodge claims on behalf of their workers, particularly workers in vulnerable sectors like domestic and farm workers to apply for May relief payments. And again, based on the figures, it seems not enough people have applied,” said the Commissioner.
The department said the Fund also continues to pay ordinary benefits to the unemployed, new mothers, dependents and for illness and adoption with over R3-billion paid to date from March 26.
The department said ordinary benefits have increased by 1.64% from R2 475 231 742.20 to R2 516 525 813.48 and the number of claims rising by 2.76% from 358 048 to 368 243.
For further information, log on to our website www.uifecc.labour.gov.za/covid19 or reach the UIF on the toll-free number is 0800 030 007.