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Implementation of minimum wage still on track

The implementation of the NMW goes ahead as arranged

The Department of Labour has consoled bosses that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is still on track despite the implementation date having been put on hold for an unspecified period.

The concern follows the declaration by Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant at a media briefing in Cape Town on Monday that the implementation date set for May1.2018 had been put on ice to enable parliamentary procedures to run its course.

In a statement on Tuesday Minister said the National Assembly has still not finished its procedure regarding the NMW Bill, the same applies for the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) which also needs to complete its procedure in terms of the Bill.

Stephen Rathai: Director of Employment Standards in the Department of Labour, said the delay is to allow discussion of the submission to maintain a strategic distance from the office being prosecuted.

Teboho Thejane: Chief Communication Officer at the Department of Labour said the department will declare the date soon.

“We, however, wish to reassure all stakeholders the implementation of the NMW goes ahead as arranged, said Thejane.

Earlier, stakeholders wanted to know what the new implementation date would be in light of the Minister’s comments.

Department of Labour intends to have 17 briefing sessions in all the provinces.

Employer and employer organisations briefing follow on the foot sole areas of those held for trade unions and shop stewards on executing the National Minimum Wage and amendments of labour laws.

The agreed National Minimum Wage at NEDLAC is pegged at R20 an hour for significant areas with the exception of farm/forestry workers and expanded public works programme workers.


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