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Wage review to alleviate poverty  

The government will review the National Minimum Wage in the work markert consistently to ease destitution.

Labour Department Director Stephen Rathai told stakeholders the government was thinking about inflation and the cost for fundamental things to review the national minimum wages every year.

The national minimum wage is planned for implementation from May 1, 2018.

The national minimum wage agreed at National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) is pegged at R20 an hour for significant areas, with the exception of sectors such as domestic and farming.

”In the review of the national minimum wage , the commission which advices the minister needs to bring different elements into contemplations, for instance, inflation, the cost for fundamental things, wage levels, wage differentials, effectiveness, the limit of business to tolerate on viably and likewise the impact on SMME’s and employement”, said Rathai.

He said the review procedure ought to also elevate medium term focuses to decrease wage differentials and mitigation of destitution.

Swinging to the granting of exemption or the variety from the national minimum wage, Rathai said the Bill accommodates such.

“The regulation will incorporate the method for exclusion, the commitment of employer to consult with the employees  or their trade unions and the criteria for assessing exceptions” Rathai said.

As indicated by Rathai the objection of worker briefing sessions is to guarantee the national minimum the new labour policy intervention instrument is communicated to all the intended beneficiaries [workers].

This also includes educating the workers on the implications of proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the Labour Relations Act (LRA), the Accord on Collective Bargaining and Industrial Action and the Code of Good Practice on Collective Bargaining, Industrial Action and Picketing.

The worker engagement/briefing sessions started on 9 November 9, 2017.

Rathai said the briefing sessions are targeting all sectors of the economy.

Since the beginning of the roadshows, national the lowest pay permitted by law and work change preparation sessions have been held in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, George, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Durban, Tzaneen, and Polokwane.

More specialist NMW and work changes preparation sessions are still to be held in Klerksdorp (25 January), Rustenburg (26 January), Bloemfontein (01 February), Welkom (02 February), Umtata (07 February), East London (08 February), Port Elizabeth (09 February), Upington (15 February), and coming full circle in Kimberley on (16 February)

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