farming thumb medium80 84Business Report writes that the agricultural industry has warned of job losses and mechanisation if the balance between wages and sustainability is compromised as a result of the proposed national minimum wage policy.  

The sector employs some of the most vulnerable workers in South Africa, who have already suffered a major blow after the introduction of the sectoral determinations in the industry, although conclusive evidence has yet to be produced proving other factors are not at play.  Employer body Agri SA called on Monday for wider consultations on the implications of the proposed R20 per hour or approximately R3,500 minimum wage level.  The Nedlac appointed panel of experts, which investigated the amount and the system needed for its implementation, said it recognised that the sector along with domestic, welfare and care workers were vulnerable to disempowerment and were often poorly organised.  It proposed a longer phase-in time for those sectors.

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