2015
Language:
English

Unfair Labour Practices, Labour Legislation, and Protection of Migrant Workers in South Africa

This paper investigated the experiences of migrant workers in the city of Cape Town and Johannesburg against the background of alleged prevailing cases of unfair labour practices across different industries in the South African labour market. Using a qualitative methodology, 20 domestic and international migrant workers (10 from Cape Town and 10 from Johannesburg) were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire developed by the researcher. The study found abundant experiences of unfair labour practices and exploitation of migrant workers in the South African labour market. Furthermore, the study found that the perception of unfair labour practices and exploitation extended to other migrant workers across the South African labour market. Consequently, domestic and international migrant workers expressed a lack of confidence in the effectiveness of South African labour legislation to protect their labour rights