Retail labour law inspection stepped up

SA Labour inspectors will focus on retail labour law, Seta training roles, reporting of injuries and occupational diseases, and job protection in 2013.

The SA Department of Labour Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) hosts a Wholesale and Retail Seminar on 7 August 2013 at Olive Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, as part of an advocacy campaign to highlight voluntary compliance in the workplace.

The Seminar is held while the department’s Inspection and Enforcement Services is pursuing “professionalisation of its inspectorate, beefing up workplace visits and inspections with focus on Wholesale and Retail sector, and advancing advocacy programmes with the aim of ensuring compliance to South Africa’s labour laws.”

The theme of the Seminar is Sustainable small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) in the Wholesale and Retail Sector, in line with government’s endeavor and programme of action to create jobs and develop small businesses for sustainable employment.

The seminar will seek to highlight how the Department of Labour could play a role to assist SMME’s to sustain themselves while complying with retail labour law, such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act; Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act and other labour laws that are currently undergoing amendments in Parliament.

The Seminar is expected to attract 300 guests from the wholesale and retail sector, labour unions and interested stakeholders, to be addressed by DoL Deputy Director-General of IES Thobile Lamati, and DoL IES Chief Director of Statutory and Advocacy Services Virgil Seafield.

There will also be speakers from Wholesale and Retail Sector(s); Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta), Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration; Compensation Fund; and the department’s representatives.

Presenters will discuss;
The state of compliance in retail
complexities, challenges and dynamics of the sector
the role of industry Seta
prevalence of injuries and occupational diseases in retail
effective reporting of occupational injuries and diseases
compliance challenges in the sector
the role and importance of workers and their representatives in enhancing job protection.

* See posts on last year’s retail inspection blitz at; and at

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