Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana on Tuesday said departmental inspectors should be paid better in line with their duties of ensuring adherence to labour laws in various sectors.
Addressing the media at a Construction Summit hosted by the department in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Minister Mdladlana said while he was hoping to increase their remuneration, the department was working on increasing the number of inspectors.
Currently the department has about 800 inspectors and is looking at recruiting 300 additional inspectors.
Earlier this year delivering his Budget Vote, the minister set aside R690 million of the departments R1. 7 billion budget to recruit more inspectors.
“We intend to similarly improve the competency levels of our inspectors for better enforcement of our laws,” he said at the time.
The summit was attended by various stakeholders in the construction industry. It aims to set targets to reduce the number of fatalities, raise awareness about health and safety issues on construction sites, reduce the number of health-related injuries and deaths as well as put together an effective practical strategy to deal with the incidents in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Accord.
The accord was signed between the department, business and labour unions in 2002 and it seeks to reduce the high number of work-related accidents and to create a healthy and safe working environment at workplaces.
By: Edwin Tshivhidzo