oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The legal position of domestic workers: a comparative perspective

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



Attention has recently focussed on the plight and vulnerability of the South African domestic worker. Labouring outside protective legislation, these domestic workers enter into a highly personalised and socially invisible working relationship with an employer, without enjoying the benefits of collective bargaining and the entitlements of ordinary workers' rights. In what follows, the current legal position of the South African domestic worker and the proposals for law reform are examined briefly. The legal position of domestic workers in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Zimbabwe and Swaziland are then be considered.

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