UIF urges employers claim COVID-19 domestic workers’ relief fund

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.

 

 

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