Workers still refusing to enter Agricentre offices over safety concerns

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Workers at the North West Department of Agriculture‘s (Agricentre) offices in Mahikeng are still refusing to enter the premises because of concerns over the building’s safety.

This follows complaints about wrecked ceilings, cracked walls and poor ventilation which pose significant occupational health risks.

Meanwhile, services remain halted for the fourth day at Agricentre.

The provincial Department of Labour says 11 prohibition notices for non-compliance were issued in 2019, however, no compliance notice has been received.

The prohibition notices issued remain active until the Agricultural Department furnishes them with the structural report and certificates of compliance, declaring them to be in good working condition.

Agricentre was found to be non-compliant according to the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Currently, workers have been instructed to report for work each morning, sign the register and go home until management meets with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union in the branch on Thursday to seek an amicable solution.– Report by Keadimilwe Moalusi