EDITORIAL: Domestic workers are no longer an afterthought
Decision to expand reach of compensation act is welcome, even though it seems to have taken a Constitutional Court case to get cabinet moving
The government has dragged its feet for many years on the issue of providing domestic workers with compensation cover for injuries and diseases suffered at work and it was probably only the threat of a looming Constitutional Court judgment on the matter that galvanised it into action.
The department of employment & labour has been working on amendments to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Act (Coida) since May 2016, but these did not encompass the inclusion of domestic workers. Neither did the version of the draft bill approved by the state law advisers in November 2019 include such a clause...