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southafricalogoSunday Tribune writes that the Department of Labour (DOL) has zero tolerance for companies which do not comply with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and Regulations, but has been accused of being in contravention of its own rules and failing to comply with legislation.  

Staff at its offices at the Royal Hotel in Durban claim they are exposed to unhygienic and unsafe working conditions to which the management has allegedly turned a blind eye.  The department has been leasing 11 floors at the Royal Hotel for more than 10 years.  The challenges encountered by staff include being overcrowded to a point that some employees have to work in spaces meant to be passageways and to endure unpleasant odours from a carpet as a result of a ceiling which leaks when it rains.  They also complain about a lack of cleaners, and waste piling up in corridors and toilets.  In addition, air-conditioners are allegedly faulty and windows kept shut.  “There’s no compliance with OHS and our inspectors are not acting on this because they fear the management,” said one employee.  A DOL spokesperson said management was aware of the situation and had engaged the landlord to address the leakages.

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