Domestic workers union heads to ConCourt in battle for workplace injury claims
A union wants the Constitutional Court to confirm that excluding domestic workers from the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) is unlawful.
The SA Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (Sadsawu) has filed an application for the ConCourt to confirm a landmark North Gauteng High Court ruling in May declaring the exclusion unconstitutional.
Sadsawu is filing the court bid together with Sylvia Mahlangu, the daughter of a domestic worker named Maria who died at her employer's home in 2016.
Mahlangu's mother, Maria, drowned while she was washing windows outside her employer's home near the swimming pool.
Sadsawu's general secretary Myrtle Witbooi says domestic workers have not been covered for work-related injuries, illnesses or death.
The union wants the apex court to provide clarity on when domestic workers will be included in the COIDA Act.
Moreover, Witbooi says Sadsawu wants the ConCourt to rule that domestic workers must receive compensation retrospectively if they were injured at work or died at work in the past three years.
Over the years, many domestic workers have got hurt at work and they just leave silently because they get told that there is no act that is protecting them.Myrtle Witbooi, General secretary - Sadsawu
There was a small High Court victory. We all know it's unconstitutional to exclude domestic workers because domestic workers are workers like all other workers.Myrtle Witbooi, General secretary - Sadsawu
The [High Court] hasn't confirmed when we will have the compensation, nothing.Myrtle Witbooi, General secretary - Sadsawu
Retrospectively, we want it to go back not only for Sylvia's mother but for other domestic workers that hurt themselves maybe within the last three years.Myrtle Witbooi, General secretary - Sadsawu
Listen to the discussion on Today with Kieno Kammies:
Macfarlane Moleli tells The Money Show how he structures his life and sets goals.Read More
The pick of the day's crop as chosen by Caroline Cremen, Portfolio Manager, Adviceworx.Read More
“ Government must ensure that state-owned entities have boards with the right mix of skills to fulfil their mandates."Read More
Damaged undersea cables frustrated many SA internet users this week. We get an update on the situation - and a backup plan.Read More
The UK-Africa summit is underway and after Brexit, the UK reportedly wants to boost trade with our continent.Read More
Think twice before fabricating or over-stating your qualifications.Read More
It's the largest, most-prestigious MBA competition in the world - 36 business schools from around the world took part.Read More
Education inflation is at about 10%, says Old Mutual. The implications are terrifying. Gerald Mwandiambira (CFP) has advice.Read More
She allegedly did it without President Cyril Ramaphosa’s permission, as required by the Ministerial Handbook.Read More
"It’s millions! It’s millions! The next stage… is famine," warns Gerald Bourke, a spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme.Read More