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You can’t be fired for falling pregnant

Rebecca from Zambia  is a precarious and vulnerable migrant who was employed at a retail shop in Durban. She was bubbly and filled with excitement, approached her manager that she was pregnant and would be requiring maternity leave in the near future. Expecting a bear hug and congratulatory remarks, Rebecca is astounded when the manager screwed her face and said, ‘why ... Read More »

When does one become an employee

March 06 2017 – Dear Miwusa, I am a lecturer at a private college. I mean, I was a lecturer and I was interviewed and offered a lecturing job at a local University. I signed the contract and it was five times more than what I was earning at the college. I resigned and served my notice. I relocated to ... Read More »

Gigaba’s 60% jobs for locals discriminatory

FEBURARY 11 2017  – SA Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba”s pronouncements  recently calling for a crackdown on business and fining those whose staff do not hire at least make 60%  South African citizens is discriminatory under the SA constitution. Gigaba’s remarks legally are  discriminatory towards the migrant populace as the Constitution of South Africa is against all forms of discrimination. ... Read More »

CCMA can help illegal migrant workers

Facts: *Steve* not his real name,  is an illegal immigrant who is based in Atlantis Cape Town and his asylum expired in 2009. In the same year, he was employed by at a Chinese shop. He worked for seven years without a permit and he was  seriously underpaid. He anonymously tipped the Department of Labour and then approached the CCMA ... Read More »

Yes an illegal migrant worker has rights too

*Steve* (not his real name) is a Zimbabwean migrant worker whose asylum expired in 2009 but started working in Atlantis for a Chinese shop in Cape Town from 2009 until November 2016. Steve and other employees were not only working overtime, but they were under paid by their Chinese employer. Steve reported his employer anonymously to  the Department of Labour ... Read More »

Home away from home, migrant workers have rights too!

Home away from home, migrant workers have rights too! DO we know our rights as migrants? Where do we go if we have bread and butter issues to discuss? Who is the voice of the migrant’s labour rights in South Africa? Can a migrant join a local Trade Union? Do local Trade Unions have the know-how, the capacity and enthusiasm ... Read More »

Even undocumented migrant workers can join any union in SA

LACK of legal documentation and reluctance to be unionised is the biggest problem that most migrant workers from Zimbabwe and other countries  face, thus exposing  them to  all sorts and forms of exploitation in the workplace in SA. This makes  them  particularly vulnerable  to exploitation and ill treatment compared to their local counterparts, who can seek recourse from unions. Employers ... Read More »

www.zimsinsa.com and MIWUSA launch labour column for migrants in SA

AS part of our  efforts at www.ZimsInsSA.com  to promote the interests of Zimbabweans in South Africa, the website will be launching a labour column, in conjunction with the Migrant Workers Union of South,(MIWUSA) an advocacy group to help migrants in South Africa enjoy decent working conditions. It is common knowledge that most migrants come to SA to work but often ... Read More »

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