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parliamentBusinessLive reports that the Department of Labour has introduced draft bills in Parliament providing for the national minimum wage (NMW) agreed upon through lengthy negotiations within the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  

Two bills, the National Minimum Wage Bill and the Basic Conditions of Employment (BCEA) Amendment Bill, have been tabled.  The former proposes that a NMW of R20 an hour take effect from May 1 2018.  The rate is specified in a schedule to the bill so that it can be adjusted annually.  The bill specifies that the national minimum wage will be obligatory and cannot be varied by contract, collective agreement or law, except a law amending the act.  Exceptions have been provided for the first year, namely that the minimum wage for farmworkers will be R18 an hour, for domestic workers R15 an hour and for workers in expanded public works programmes (EPWP) R11 an hour.  Provision is also made for learnership allowances.  The bill proposes the establishment of a 10-person NMW Commission to annually review the minimum wage and make recommendations to the labour minister.  The BCEA bill deals with ancillary amendments.

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