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Ekurhuleni waste workers ‘labouring under risky, hazardous conditions’

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‘We work overtime, without ablution facilities to wash and change. We work without dust masks and other protective clothing. There is no medical aid, funeral cover, increase in salaries.’


28 Jan 2020
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Ekurhuleni waste workers ‘labouring under risky, hazardous conditions’

Members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) can be seen demonstrating outside the embassy of the United States of America in Pretoria, 23 January 2020. The picket is part of an international of an international campaign against American imperialist aggression in thw world, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

In one of the worst cases of apparent exploitation, contravening the Labour Relations Act (LRA), workers employed to remove waste in various parts of Ekurhuleni have for some months been “labouring under risky and hazardous conditions”. So appalling are the working conditions that they have to put in long hours without benefits or being regularly supplied with suitable protective clothing, with their health having been affected by coming into contact with poisonous and dangerous substances. A report dated 9 July 2019 on refuse removal in the Palm Ridge-Thokoza areas, read: “It should be noted that since the advertisement (of the...

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