On 1 May 2019, Workers Day, SERI researcher Kelebogile Khunou appeared on ENCA’s Morning News Today, alongside Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance’s Maggie Mthombeni. Kelebogile spoke about the undervalued status of domestic work by the public and shared that the reasons behind such a perception stems from traditionally held views about domestic work as work women naturally do without compensation, and the fact that the home is not traditionally seen as a workplace. Maggie spoke about the unfair treatment of domestic workers and the lack of employer compliance with respect to contracts, annual increases, pay slips and UIF registrations. It was highlighted that one of the major challenges of achieving the realisation of employment rights for domestic workers is the lack of knowledge of legal obligations by employers.
Watch the segment here.
Download SERI's Domestic Workers' Rights Guide here.