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Black employers are main exploiters of domestic workers

There was a protest by a group of domestic workers at Constitution Hill, Braamfontein yesterday, in which they say they are being abused and under-paid by their employers, most of which are apparently black.

Deputy Minister of Labour, Phatekile Holomisa speaks to Stephen Grootes about the plight of domestic workers. Holomisa told Stephen that domestic workers are paid too little and that even the minimum wage is not enough for them to pay for subscription fees so that they can be represented by unions.

He adds that there is a shortage of labour inspectors, to do door-to-door inspection of the conditions of workers.

He also said that most people who take work without having a work permit (mostly migrants), are exploited because they don’t have anyone to complain to and that locals generally know their rights.

It used to be whites who oppress vulnerable workers, now it is other blacks who exploit these workers.

Phatekile Holomisa, Deputy Minister of Labour

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