Wage Order for domestic workers reviewed

05 Apr 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 APR (NAMPA) - The Wages Commission for Domestic Workers handed over the first reviewed Wage Order Report to Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Errki Nghimtina here Wednesday.
The Wage Order introduced in 2015, among others, stipulates the minimum wages for domestic workers and their basic conditions of employment.
The report contains eight recommendations which include the improvement of the living conditions of domestic workers; that foreign nationals who work as domestic workers should obtain work permits and that they must not be discriminated against.
Other recommendations are to confirm the working hours, particularly to constitute overtime and normal working hours; accommodation for live-in domestic workers; and fixed term employment contracts.
Handing over the report, Chairperson of the Wages Commission, Libertine Amathila explained that the commission reviewed specific literature and documents produced by the Namibia Statistics Agency; Labour Act, 2007; current Wage Order No. 258-2014 and Notice No. 53-2016.
She added that the commission also reviewed the South African Government Gazette No. 7434-2002 of basic conditions of employment, sectorial determination on domestic work sector and International Labour Organisation Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers.
“Although non-compliance to the Wage Order was alleged, there is no empirical evidence to support these claims,” said Amathila.
The chairperson noted that specific research is required to assess the impact of the Wage Order and the effect it has had on the domestic work sector.
There is also a need to inform the public at large and to educate domestic workers and their employers on domestic workers’ rights, she stressed, adding that the awareness campaign must include information for domestic workers to report cases of non-compliance to the line ministry.
Receiving the report, Nghimtina informed the gathering that the report will be forwarded to Cabinet for deliberation.
Once approved, it will be gazetted, followed by its implementation.