This week, the Business Day published a co-written article by Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance’s Amy Tekie and SERI’s Kelebogile Khunou on the plight of domestic workers during the lockdown period. The domestic worker sector is the most vulnerable as few employees are registered under the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and cannot access relief funds.
“The Covid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown in SA have had a devastating effect on the lives of domestic workers and their families across the country... Many have been dismissed unfairly or put on unpaid leave. A survey conducted earlier in the month by Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance in Johannesburg found that only 38% of 600 respondents were being paid full wages during the lockdown period.”
The article further notes that unless the department of employment and labour acts expeditiously, conditions are likely to become much worse for domestic workers in the coming months.