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earningsThe Citizen reports that wages, land and free education will be at the centre of several key implementation and legislative processes expected to dominate government and parliament this year.  Not least of these is the implementation of the National Minimum Wage Act, which was signed into law last year.  

Taking effect from last Tuesday, the Act requires all employers to adhere to the prescribed minimum wage of R20 per hour, with the exception of domestic workers and farm workers, who will have to be paid R15 and R18 an hour respectively.  Labour federation Cosatu’s parliamentary officer Matthew Parks observed that there will be fines for failure to adhere to the wage rate:  “The department of labour can take action against the employer and for that offence there will be a fine to the amount of 100% of the wage owed; for the second offence, the fine will be 200% plus interest and from there on it will escalate.”  But employers can apply for an exemption, which allow them to pay 10% less than the prescribed minimum wage.  Parks said Cosatu was concerned that the labour department did not have enough labour inspectors to provide the necessary oversight in respect of implementation and enforcement of the law.  He said:  “We hope that the government will attend to this and that the capacity will be created because even in the labour court as it stands, it can take as much as two years to get a court date.”

  • Read the original report by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni in full at The Citizen

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