Department of Employment and Labour
The Compensation Fund (CF) has, so far, paid R35 152 044.17 in benefits in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the employment and labour department called for better, safer and healthier workplaces.
“It is incumbent upon all employers – public and private – to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to safeguard the lives of workers in the workplace.”
The Compensation Fund Commissioner, Vuyo Mafata, highlighted the need for employees to blow the whistle on unsafe working conditions that could result in Covid-19 infections.
“The employees, through their representatives can approach our inspectors if they feel that their health is compromised and the department will conduct inspections and as the worst form of sanction, close down noncomplying workplaces”, he said.
According to the department, a total of 17 185 claims have been lodged for exposure to Covid-19 at work with 12 257 lodged directly with the CF, 4434 with Rand Mutual and 494 with Federated Employees.
Meanwhile, in another statement, the department indicated that the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO) Main Collective Agreement was submitted to it on 9 February 2021 and is being prepared for consideration by the employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, before it is extended to non-parties and then published in the Government Gazette.
The department confirmed that the Main Collective Agreement was first submitted on 5 January 2021 for comments.
However, it was found not to be in compliance with the law due to retrospective clauses which the minister cannot extend to non-parties.
According to the department, MIBCO was “only able to hold its Annual General Meeting in terms of its constitution on 26 November 2020 after their dispute was resolved by arbitration and they were able to adopt a resolution to request the Minister to extend its collective agreement to nonparties”.