15 January 2013

South Africa: WCape Farm Hearings Continue

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Vineyard in South Africa's Western Cape

Johannesburg — Public hearings for the review of farmworkers' minimum wages continue in the Western Cape on Tuesday.

The first hearing took place in Grabouw on Monday night. The second was scheduled to take place in Paarl on Tuesday evening.

Hearings were set down for De Doorns, Robertson, Oudtshoorn and Vredendal for the remainder of the week. The venues still had to be finalised.

The labour department held a month-long session of public hearings across the country in November and December following an extended strike by seasonal farmworkers in the Western Cape. The department then decided to extend it.

Season farmworkers wanted their daily minimum wage increased from R69 to R150.

The employment conditions commission was tasked with reviewing the sectoral determination for agriculture, which stipulates minimum wages, number of leave days, working hours, and termination rules among others.

The sectoral determination was put in place in March this year and could legally be reviewed again only in 12 months.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant was expected to make an announcement on the new wages in February. They would come into effect from March 1.

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