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Farm workers get wage increase

Feb 28 2011 14:38 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Farm workers across the country will receive a 4.5% salary increase from on March 1, the department of labour said on Monday.

"Through the revised minimum wages, employers are expected to pay workers a minimum of R1 375.94 a month or an hourly rate of R7.51 if they work 45 hours a week," said spokesperson Wisane Mavasa.

The increase was part of the department's annual adjustment of the sector's minimum wage.

"According to the sectoral determination for farm workers, workers should not work for more than 45 hours a week and should not work more than nine hours a day for more than five days a week.

Employees who work on Sundays or public holidays should be paid double the hourly rate as outlined on the sectoral determination," she said.

She said employers were also urged to register their workers with the Unemployment Insurance Fund and to make sure that their contributions were up to date.
 
farm workers  |  minimum wage  |  labour

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