November 21, 2017

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Department educates workers about their rights

The provincial department of labour in the Free State says it has embarked on a spirited campaign to sensitise workers on their rights and how to access services.

The department is currently on a month-long outreach drive engaging workers at their workplaces Itau Milling, Fidelity Security, Coke, SA Breweries, and Clover and Continental Beverages, Sparta Beef, and Interstate Bus Lines.

Other workplaces, considered informal, such as the taxi ranks at Central Park, Bophelo House, Four-ways and Bus Station and the Central Business District (CBD) will also be targeted during the outreach programme.

Nomfundo Douw Jack, the acting head of the department in the Free State said the initiative is recognition of the importance of workers to the department.

“Workers are, in the main, the reason for our being here as a department. We therefore ought to do all in our powers to ensure that they are aware of their rights and the services available to them and how to access such services,” she said.

Departmental spokesman Josial Ramokoena said the programme is also in commemoration of the annual Workers’ Month.

He said the departmental officials dishing out information to workers will be led by Nomfundo Douw Jack herself.

A national programme to commemorate the day was launched by the national minister of labour Mildred Oliphant last month.

Ramokoena said the aim is to eventually stage similar commemorative events in all districts in the Free State province.

He said the department of labour strives to stay true to the spirit of this month and its focal point, which is the workers.

“To that effect, all will be done to ensure that a substantial number of workers from different sectors of our economy are reached.”

Ramokoena added the outreach would not just be a publicity stunt as all issues raised by workers would be followed up after the planned events.

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