South Africa 31.8.2015 08:00 am

Malema to fight for domestic wages

Julius Malema. Picture: Alaister Russell

Julius Malema. Picture: Alaister Russell

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said yesterday he would fight for domestic workers to earn a monthly minimum wage of R4 500.

Malema was addressing about 3 000 people at San Kopano Community Centre in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg. He said his party would make sure every worker was entitled to benefits such as medical aid, Provident Fund and Unemployment Insurance Fund.

“We don’t want your children to be raised through the leftovers, but through the love of their parents,” said Malema.

The meetiing became emotional one woman, a domestic worker in her 50s, broke down while relating her plight by being underpaid.

Others also raised issues ranging from low wages, bad treatment from employers as well as a lack of water, electricity and houses where they lived.

The minimum wage for domestic workers in area A (major metropolitan areas) is R2 065.47 and of R1812.57 for those in area B (areas and regions not covered by area A).

 

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