May to put spotlight on workers’ rights

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pretoria - Government will observe the month of May as national Workers’ Month, which will focus on workers’ rights and responsibilities.

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, will lead the month-long awareness campaign under the theme ‘Know your rights and responsibilities as a means to promote greater compliance’.

The campaign will raise awareness levels amongst workers in South Africa about their rights and responsibilities. It will also highlight the achievements of workers in South Africa and assess compliance with labour laws, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo told a post Cabinet briefing on Friday.

The month will include surprise inspections in sectors that are considered perpetual offenders. 

The Department of Labour says it will use the month to take stock of and celebrate how far the country has come in the quest for social justice through the labour relations dispensation.

It says it wants to use Workers’ Month to raise awareness of the rights and responsibilities of workers, as enshrined in the country’s labour laws.

“Cabinet calls on all sectors to do their part in addressing the inequalities of the past by addressing the slow pace of transformation in the workplace,” said Minister Dlodlo.

Government has passed legislation to deal with the gross inequalities and unfair discrimination against workers, which South Africa inherited as a nation.

At the centre of the country’s labour laws is the quest to advance economic development, social justice, labour peace and the democratisation of the work place.

Imbizo Week

Meanwhile, Minister Dlodlo commended the recently held 6th National Imbizo Focus Week from 17 to 23 April.

The week was marked by a heightened period of engagements between members of the executive and citizens and contributes to government’s broader plan of improving the lives of all citizens.

A total of 34 engagements were held across the country. Among  others, these saw the  the launch of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Goldfields TVET College in Welkom, Free State by the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu.

The centre contributes to addressing the challenge of youth unemployment by providing appropriate support to young people at the early stage of the entrepreneurial journey.

“Cabinet commends those communities who participated in the izimbizo with government officials across the country, with a view to addressing public service challenges and providing a better life for all,” Minister Dlodlo said. –

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