PRETORIA, The Department of Labour has welcomed a ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) which states that Uber drivers in South Africa are fully protected by the country’s labour laws.
The decision is in line with the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995, as amended. It means that any person who falls in that category is an employee and therefore fully covered in terms of labour legislation, the department said in a statement here Tuesday.
Following the death an Uber employee, the department has clarified the position of Uber drivers under labour legislation.
With regard to the Uber drivers, like any employee, they are fully protected by South African labour laws, including the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA), Compensation Fund Commissioner Vuyo Mafata said Tuesday.
The COID Act compensates employees who are injured during the course of duty or deceased thereof. It therefore means the beneficiaries of the Uber driver, who passed on after he was allegedly attacked in Pretoria last month, qualify for compensation, as per the Act,” added Mafata.
The fund will have to be provided with all the required documents in order to process the claim. Employees will not be penalised or forfeit their benefits because of unregistered employers. Instead, such employers will be fined.
Employers must register their companies with the Compensation Fund so that employees are covered under the COID Act.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has appealed to members of the public to come forward with any information on the perpetrators of violence involving members of metered taxi associations and e-hailing operators.
Maswanganyi denounced the spate of violent attacks involving members of metered taxi association and e-hailing operators, mainly Uber drivers. This kind of behaviour, which breeds intimidation and anarchy, stands condemned and should not be allowed in our public transport system and our country in general, he said.
He conveyed his condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones as a result of the violence and wished good health and a speedy recovery to those recovering in hospital and at home.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK