5 February 2013

South Africa: Inkatha Freedom Party Welcomes New Minimum Wage for Farm Workers

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press release

The IFP welcomes the new daily wage increase for farm workers which has been increased to R105,00 per day.

IFP Spokesperson on Labour, Mr. Albert Mncwango, MP said, "We are pleased that a solution has finally been found to this intractable matter to end the strike that was threatening not only human life, but the dreadful collapse of the farming industry in the country generally, and in the Western Cape in particular. We hope that this minimum wage increase will not lead to farmers retrenching workers by claiming they cannot afford it. We encourage farmers who are struggling financially to meet this new wage increase to apply for exemption which is provided for in the new wage dispensation rather than opt for retrenchment."

The IFP further urges the Department of Labour, Agri-SA and Organized Labour to continue to engage in order to find an amicable solution to the challenges around the working conditions of farm workers. It is not acceptable that farm workers continue to work under the current poor working conditions.

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