A miner gave birth to a stillborn child in an underground mine shaft, after she apparently withheld her pregnancy from her employers.
It is alleged that she hid her pregnancy in an effort to avoid being sent on two months of unpaid maternity leave.
National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM) Peter Bailey explained that it is not uncommon for mine supervisors to keep injuries and such medical incidents a secret, to protect their production bonuses.
Bailey said that the Basic Conditions of Employment Act makes provisions for pregnant woman to be removed from the high-risk environment and temporarily occupy other work positions.
I find it very strange because all of them qualify for four months of fully paid maternity leave and the additional two months is unpaid leave, which they can reclaim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).— Peter Bailey, NUM Health and Safety Chairperson
He says the Basic Conditions of Employment Act gives females the right to be moved to an alternative position for the duration of her pregnancy.
I find it highly unlikely that the pregnancy was not picked up by either her supervisor or co-workers.— Peter Bailey, NUM Health and Safety Chairperson
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