The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the NW is reminding all farmers and those who employ domestic workers that those workers also have their rights as per the legislation of the RSA.
We want to inform all of you that we are aware that many domestic and farm workers had a black Christmas and that some have been employed for many years without being registered. Others worked many hours without being paid their overtime others worked very hard under bad conditions and were not paid bonuses during the December holidays.
At farms such as Echo Berry, in the area of Bokofontein in the municipality of Madibeng, the farm called Model Park, the game lodge called Motswereng lodge, in the area of Moses Kotana municipality towards Northam, workers have not been registered for many years. The employers are not complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Labour Relations Act and sectoral determinations for farm and hospitality workers.
Many workers are threatened for wanting to join unions of their choice others are dismissed for joining unions or just reporting their bad conditions to COSATU. Workers who are employed in the poultry sector had no public holidays even during the Christmas holidays the majority of them were working for poor salaries under poor conditions.
Some of them who were demanding to be with their families were threatened to be evicted or dismissed illegally by the farmers. Some workers have been assaulted but they are not able to open cases with the police due to the relationship that some of the farmers have with the SAPS.
Farm workers are still treated very badly in the NW. They are still called by apartheid names they are still staying in the dilapidated accommodation for which they continue to have to pay. This is happening in the areas of Groote Marico, Zeerust, Brits, Ottosdal and many other areas.
During December 2014 COSATU was forced to intervene in some of the cases, including calling the Department of Labour to assist by doing full inspections in all those farms and at the school for the Blind in Christiana, where poor security staff have been working under Impelegeng Security Company for over six months without being paid and this security company is doing work with our own government’s department of education
Poor workers had a black Christmas under those bad conditions, working for nothing. We call all on our government departments to investigate all the security companies that are doing business with government, and if they are not complying or treating workers badly, like the security company in Christiana, the contract must be terminated.
We call on the employers including the security companies to pay workers what is due to them by the end of this month or we will take action. We will mobilise all workers and demand that their business with government must be terminated.
For more information feel free to call COSATU NW Provincial Secretary 
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions