Farm workers to get R12.41 per hour

Farm workers to get R12.41 per hour

2014-02-03 14:03

Johannesburg - Farm workers' salaries will increase by 75 cents per hour in March, the labour department said on Monday.

"In terms of [the] sectoral determination for farm workers the minimum wages will be adjusted upwards to an hourly rate of R12.41," spokesperson Page Boikanyo said in a statement.

Previously, farm workers earned R11.66 an hour.

The weekly rate would increase to R558.60 from R525.

Their monthly salaries had increased to R2 420.41 from R2 274.82.

"The determination sets minimum working hours, minimum wages, number of leave days and termination rules," Boikanyo said.

In November 2012, farm workers in De Doorns went on strike demanding R150 per day and improved living conditions. Most earned between R69 and R75 a day.

The protests soon spread to 15 other towns, leading to violence and two deaths.

In February 2013 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced the new minimum wage for farm workers of R105 a day.

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2014-02-03 14:05

    And the rest of them (most?) will retrenched off course...

  • Dave Robbins - 2014-02-03 14:52

    Just a note - due to stock/feed/vegetable/fruit prices not rising for the farmer, many have now resorted to shortening the hours worked so as to keep their daily/weekly/monthly wage rate the same. Farming is going into crisis mode, and the end result WILL be higher food prices.

  • konfab - 2014-02-03 15:24

    I wonder if that number includes the amount of extras that the workers get such as accommodation?

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