The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday said domestic workers hoping to benefit from the compensation fund may have to wait until March next year before they were covered.
Parliament is currently holding public hearings on the Compensation of Injury on Duty
Amendment Bill legislation under which the fund is governed.
Cosatu’s parliamentary coordinator Matthew Parks said Parliament’s labour and
employment portfolio committee still needed to conclude public hearings before voting on
the amendment bill.
The committee will also have to pass amendments to the bill on to the National Assembly
and the National Council of Provinces before President Cyril Ramaphosa signs them into law.
The compensation fund has over R60 billion worth of assets and more than R26 billion in reserves.
About 400,000 employers contribute R8.5 billion annually to the fund to cover expenses
related to injuries infections and fatalities that have occurred in the workplace.
Parks said they welcomed the proposed changes to the Compensation of Injury on Duty Amendment Bill.
“It’s a progressive intervention that is now going to include domestic workers.
They will now be covered for injury on duty for the first time.”
At the same time, the South African Medical Association has raised concerns with the
amendment bill saying it would result in a negative financial impact for medical
practitioners if it is passed into law.
This is because it will prevent medical service providers from submitting their invoices to
financial institutions or third-party administrators for early payment or access to overdrafts.