5 February 2013

Zimbabwe: SA Sets Minimum Daily Wage

The South African government yesterday set a minimum daily wage of R105 (about US$12) for farmworkers following a devastating strike in the Western Cape Province. The new minimum

wage was announced by Labor Minister Mildred Oliphant at a Press briefing in Pretoria.

From March 1 this year, farmworkers who work nine hours a day should be paid R105 per day, the minister said.

The current daily minimum wage for farmworkers is R69.

The new sectoral determination would be promulgated for a three-year period, "and during year two and three, wages will be increased by CPI . . . plus 1.5 percent", Oliphant said. Thousands of farmworkers in the Western Cape Province downed tools in August last year and also in January to press their demand for a higher pay.

They asked for 150 rand (about 18 dollars) per day, a demand rejected by Agri SA, an association of farmers.

The strike, which brought agriculture in the province to a standstill, was suspended in mid-January pending negotiations between farmworkers and farmers.

The new minimum wage was based on an agreement between farmworkers and individual farmers who accepted the 105-rand benchmark.


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