Labour inspection blitz on hospitality business

The SA Department of Labour inspection blitz on labour relations law compliance and health and safety in hospitality is in the week of 22 to 26 July.

The inspection programme in July 2013 targets the hotel, restaurant, bed and breakfast and hospitality business sector, listed as “high risk and low compliance” in five provinces in South Africa, to check on and enforce compliance with labour, BEE, wage and health and safety laws.

Blitz labour inspection in other high risk sectors, such as iron and steel, agriculture, chemicals, fisheries and manufacturing, are scheduled throughout the year, on short notice.

The blitz labour inspection programme is led by the DOL Inspection and Enforcement Services branch at hospitality establishments in KwaZulu-Natal Province, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga Province, North West Province, and Western Cape Province.

UPDATE July 22; The Department of Labour’s inspections in the hospitality sector started at various workplaces in Lebowakgomo, south of Polokwane, with officials looking at compliance with conditions of employment, payslips, lunch time, contracts of employment, payment of overtime and adherence to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act.

Lebowakgomo team leader Lesley Nkosi, said the inspection is also aimed at assisting employers to comply with the law. “We do not only adopt a stick approach, we want to use these inspections to create awareness among employers and how we can help grow this industry.”

Caswell Chiloane, owner of Master Guesthouse, said “We appreciate the educative role being played by the labour inspectors with these inspections.” Nkosi used the opportunity to educate employers about the need to use the department’s Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA), which links available skills with vacancies in the labour market.

Employers are required to provide uniforms to workers free of charge. The current minimum wage for the sector stands at R2415 per month for employers with less than 10 employees, while those with more than 10 workers should pay a monthly minimum wage of R2695.

Hotels and restarurants wage, health and safety inspection

“The objectives of the blitz inspections are to enhance the visibility of the department’s inspectorate services across the country, and improve compliance in industries with high occupational health and safety (OHS) incidents, and [wage] sectoral determinations in all industries,” said DOL.

Hospitality is one of the sectors identified by the Department of Labour as high risk sectors and as problematic in non-compliance with labour laws, said DOL.

Labour law compliance statistics

Labour inspections results are logged and reported in the Department of Labour annual statistics, as a measure of legal compliance or non-complaince, before and after inspections, determined by results of follow-up inspections.

Labour law compliance targets in previous years were set at 80%, found to be about 62% before inspections, in sectors such as retail and agriculture, and said to have been raised to 79% as a result of inspections, notices, prosecution and other measures.

* See a post on the SA Labour compliance statistics report of last year on Sheqafrica.com

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