Domestic

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) invites you to the launch of: 

Domestic Workers’ Rights: 

A Legal and Practical Guide

What does the law in South Africa say about domestic workers?

What are the minimum conditions of employment for domestic workers?

What are employers’ obligations towards their domestic workers?

Where can domestic workers go to protect their rights?

Domestic work is one of the largest sources of employment for black women in South Africa, however domestic workers remain one of the most vulnerable occupational groups due to being positioned at the intersection of three lines along which inequality is generated: race, gender and class. Many domestic workers continue to be subjected to exploitative working conditions and disrespectful treatment. Despite the implementation of labour laws and the collective efforts of domestic workers to assert their rights, domestic workers’ employment rights are not always realised. 

This user-friendly resource guide aims to create awareness of the rights of domestic workers and the obligations of employers in terms of the domestic employment relationship. It explains what the law says about domestic workers and gives practical advice on how domestic workers can engage with their employers. We will also launch a series of short, mobile-friendly Zulu information sheets on the rights of domestic workers.

The launch will include a panel discussion between researchers, activists, labour law practitioners and domestic workers to discuss the employment rights of domestic workers in South Africa.

Who: Carin Runciman (senior researcher at University of Johannesburg), Ronald Wesso (labour rights activist at the Casual Workers Advice Office), Nomuhle Maggie Mthombeni (domestic worker and activist), Kelebogile Khunou (SERI researcher), Julius Molefe (commissioner at CCMA). Moderator: Alana Potter (SERI director of research and advocacy). 

When: 4 May 2018, 10h00 to 12h00.

Where: SERI, 6th Floor Aspern House, 54 De Korte Street, Braamfontein.

RSVP: Kelebogile Khunou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 011 356 5874  by 26 April 2018.

  • Download the invitation here