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Majority of Domestics don’t have UIF

80% of domestic workers in South Africa are without Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) coverage.  

This was revealed to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour on Wednesday, by the UIF’s Commissioner Boaz Seruwe, the Democratic Alliance (DA) advised.

  The poor coverage means that the unemployment and maternity benefits of the UIF are not available to most domestic workers in SA.  “This is simply unacceptable and needs immediate attention,” DA MP Ian Ollis said.  He added that it was further reported that “there is no plan to address the current communications breakdown between the UIF and employers of domestic workers who do not use the electronic U-Filing system.  

No emails, letters, or telephone calls are made to employers who submit payments manually, and no invoices or receipts are issued.”  Ollis noted that the UIF was certainly not struggling for cash and should be focusing its efforts on ensuring all domestic workers were covered and received the benefits that applied.  The UIF’s Strategic Plan for the 2015/2016 financial year apparently only targets a 4% increase in the number of new employer registrations by March 2016.  Ollis has written to the Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, requesting that she reviews the current Strategic Plan.