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Lockdown leaves domestic workers out in the cold

Covid-19 10 months ago

For unregistered workers, their best bet is hoping for their employers to have compassion to support them through this difficult time, but could face an absolute disaster if the lockdown is extended.


07 Apr 2020
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Lockdown leaves domestic workers out in the cold

Domestic workers are the breadwinners for many families, yet currently face massive challenges. Picture: iStock

For 12 days, domestic workers have had to stay home and hold thumbs as their employers decide whether they will pay them during the lockdown period or not. For the next nine days of lockdown, it’s safe to say that the country’s over one million domestic workers will be counting coins and hoping for life to return to normal, at the mercy of their employers. Domestic workers are not recognised as an essential industry while South Africa prepared for lockdown, with authorities merely advising that domestic workers comply with regulations and stay home. The ideal scenario for domestic workers would...

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