The minimum wages for the Farm Worker’s Sector will be increased with effect from the 1st of March 2013.
After much strife in the farming sector over the last few months, the Minister of Labour has announced that the minimum wage for the farm workers will be increased by a little over 52%. This means that the current minimum wage of R65 per pay will be increased to R105 per day for employees who work up to 9 hours a day.
There is much concern regarding the R39 increase for many farmers and it is expected that as a result of the new minimum wage, farmers could likely end up restructuring, laying off staff and dismissing seasonal workers in order to maintain sustainability. The Department of Labour will forward a report to NEDLAC for consideration in dealing with the long term issues relating to the transformation of the agricultural sector in South Africa, as announced by the Minister.
To assist farmers who cannot afford to pay the wages, the Minister of Labour has made provisions to exempt farmers provided that they can submit financial statements showing that they are financially unable to comply with the determination. We urge our clients who cannot afford to pay the minimum wages to contact either your consultant or the LabourNet Helpdesk to assist you in applying for exemption.
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