BRITS - The exploitation of women in the workplace remains rife, Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Tuesday.
"The majority of the exploited even in farms, in factories in many companies is women. I think it is relevant that we also raise this issue of the exploited being women, some are thrown to the fields with their kids on their backs, horrible things are happening to women workers and that is not decent for them. Some do not even qualify or are not given any maternity leave, after giving birth, after three days you are back at work weak as you are," the minister said ahead of a two day inspection blitz in Brits in the North West province.
The blitz will focus on the farming, wholesale and retails sectors. Inspectors are set to investigate compliance with the labour laws.
"Our coming here should not be seen as coming to threaten anyone, we are here to talk about improving industrial relations," he said.
Nxesi also pointed out that the biggest exploitation happened in the informal economy.