National Minimum Wage Bill of 2017 effective 1 May 2018

Cabinet has approved the National Minimum Wage Bill , Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill as well as the Labour Relations Amendment Bill in November 2017.

With regards to Basic Conditions, the act has been amended to include its incorporation of the National Minimum Wage Act 2017.

The Labour Relations Act proposes an amendment to dealing with Picketing. The amendment requires that a commissioner appointed to deal with the dispute that may lead to the strike/lockout must determine the rules surrounding the picket. This is a welcomed amendment as it would force parties to agree on ground rules prior to embarking on Industrial Action. This could assist in curtailing the violence and disorder which is characteristic of strike action in SA.

The National Minimum Wage is set at R20 per hour or approximately R3500 per month for a 40 hour week and R3900 for a 45 hour week. It will be R18 per hour for farm workers and R15 per hour for domestic workers. Workers on the expanded works programme or learnership agreements will receive R11 per hour minimum.

Workers, working less than 4 hours a day are entitled to receive remuneration for four hours.

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