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earningsBusinessLive reports that according to the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group, the exemptions provided for in regulations under the National Minimum Wage Act mean that workers in some sectors will, in effect, be earning poverty wages.  

The group's programme co-ordinator, Mervyn Abrahams, said with the regulations as published seeing exemption thresholds taking 10% off the hourly rate for workers, “the wages of many of the most vulnerable workers will be set even lower than the current sectoral determinations.”  He added:  “We had been promised that the national minimum wage would come in at a higher level than the sectoral determinations, as this rate is already considered by many workers as a poverty wage.  The introduction of the national minimum wage regulations will mean that many workers will be even worse off than they were before.”  The group said this meant the national minimum wage at the exemption rate of 10% meant general workers would be remunerated at R18 an hour instead of R20, farm workers at R16.20 an hour instead of R18 and domestic workers at R13.50 an hour instead of R15, which would substantially compromise household affordability.

  • Read Linda Ensor’s report in the above regard in full at BusinessLive

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