CABINET APPROVES NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE BILL / DEPT. OF LABOUR TO HOLD INFO. SESSIONS WITH TRADE
Cabinet has approved the National Minimum Wage Bill (NMW Bill) which will now be submitted to the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces for concurrence and enactment. Members will remember our involvement at NEDLAC alongside BUSA and other representatives from government, labour and the community in February on how to introduce a National Minimum Wage. The NMW Bill makes provision for the introduction of a minimum wage of R20 per hour, which is due to come into effect on 1 May 2018. There are a few exceptions to the national minimum wage which include:
- The minimum wage for farm workers will be 90% of R20 per hour (R18 per hour);
- The minimum wage for domestic workers will be 75% of R20 per hour (R15 per hour);
- The minimum wage for workers on an Expanded Public Works Programme is R11 per hour).
In addition, Cabinet heard that Nedlac social partners have agreed that the farm, forestry and domestic sectors will be brought up to 100% of the NMW within two years, pending research by the National Minimum Wage Commission. Cabinet also informed that the Bill will appear in the Government Gazette on Friday 10 November 2017 and that the Department of Labour will hold information sessions with trade on the NMW measures in order for trade unions and employers to understand the specific implications for their operations. Look out for upcoming Weekly Editions where we will update you on all NMW developments.
Also in this week’s Cabinet Meeting Statement:
- Cabinet rallies support for tourism transformation
- Cabinet commends World Rugby Council endorsement
- Cabinet appeals to all South Africans to partner with law enforcement agencies to combat crime
Click Here to read the full meeting statement