On the 4th of February 2013, Mildred Oliphant (Minister of Labour) announced the review of the Sectoral Determination for farm workers in South Africa.
The Minister made the announcement following ongoing labour unrest amid farm workers, especially in the Western Cape since November 2012, whereby workers demanded a minimum wage of R150 per day, an increase from the current R84.90 per day.
Since November 2012; government, employers/ employer organizations and employees/ employee organizations participated in public hearings across the country. During these public hearings, employees and their representatives continued to demand R150 per day.
The Department of Labour had commenced with the review process of the minimum wage, after taking due consideration of inputs made by the parties in the negotiations at public hearings.
The Minister announced that the new level of minimum wage for farm workers from 1st March 2013 to 28 February 2014 will be R105 per day for employees who work 9 hours a day. This equates to R11.66 per hour, R525 per week or R2274.82 per month.
The Minister also promulgated the new sectoral determination for a 3 year period and that during the 2nd and 3rd year, wages be increased by CPI plus 1.5%.
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