Farm workers get salary rise

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pretoria - The Department of Labour's annual adjustment of the sector's minimum wages for farm workers kicks in today.

Through the revised minimum wages, employers are expected to pay workers a R1 375.94 per month or an hourly rate of R7.51, a 4.5 percent increase from the current minimum wage.

According to the Sectoral Determination for Farm Workers, workers should not work for more than 45 hours a week, and should not work more than nine hours a day for more than five days a week. 

Employees who work on Sunday or public holidays should be paid double the hourly rate as outlined in the sectoral determination.

Employers are also urged to ensure that their workers are registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund and that their contributions are up to date. - BuaNews