Min­i­mum wage to be im­ple­mented soon

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THE NA­TIONAL MIN­I­MUM Wage Bill pro­poses that wages be set at R20 per hour and be re­viewed an­nu­ally.

In­ter­na­tional Work­ers' Day is cel­e­brated on 1 May with work­ers across the coun­try cel­e­brat­ing their rights.

This year govern­ment was ex­pected to in­tro­duce the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage Bill which would ben­e­fit about six mil­lion work­ers.

Labour Min­is­ter Mil­dred Oliphant an­nounced that the Bill will not be im­ple­mented by 1 May 2018 due to the fact that Par­lia­ment won’t be able to fi­nalise the new pol­icy by that date.

“We are aware that in­ter­ested par­ties have been mak­ing sub­mis­sions on the Bill and it has be­come ap­par­ent that the am­bi­tion for it to be­come law by 1 May 2018 may not be prac­ti­cal, given the high vol­umes of pub­lic sub­mis­sions both writ­ten and oral,” the Min­is­ter said.

There are 4.5 mil­lion work­ers that are cur­rently be­ing un­der paid.

“Im­me­di­ately after the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage, about 6.6 mil­lion [work­ers] will be able to ben­e­fit from it,” Min­is­ter Oliphant con­firmed.

The Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage Bill pro­poses that the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage be set at R20 per hour and be re­viewed an­nu­ally. How­ever, the min­i­mum wage for do­mes­tic and farm work­ers will be set at R15 and R18 an hour re­spec­tively. They will be ad­justed to reach the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage within two years of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Min­is­ter Oliphant said there is com­mit­ment by em­ploy­ers, or­gan­ised labour and the com­mu­nity, which con­sists of var­i­ous non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, to sup­port the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage.

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