A group of Johannesburg-based domestic workers participated in a workshop hosted by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) on Saturday, 27 January 2018 in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The workshop also brought together a number of civil society groups, union representatives and government officials, including Ronald Wesso of the Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO), members of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and two employers. The workshop provided domestic workers with the opportunity to discuss their working conditions and the challenges they face as one of the most vulnerable groups in South African society, and reflect on the rights and protections domestic workers have under South African law.
The workshop also offered SERI the opportunity to present its user-friendly draft resource guide on the rights and legal protections of domestic workers to the group and obtain invaluable feedback. The feedback from the workshop will be incorporated into the resourceguide, which will be published later this year.
The workshop was facilitated by SERI researcher, Kelebogile Khunou.