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Urgent news: The DoL has adjusted the minimum wage for farm workers

by , 13 February 2014
If you're in the farming sector continue reading to find out about the new minimum wage for farmers, so you can pay your employees accordingly.

According to Farmer's Weekly, the minimum wage for farm workers will increase by 6.4% on 1 March 2014.

This means the monthly minimum wage for farm workers will increase from R2 274.82 to R2 420.41. The weekly minimum wage will increase from R525 to R558.60 and the daily wage will increase from R105 to R111.72 for a nine-hour workday. The hourly wage increases from R11.66 to R12.41.

In the Farmer's Weekly report, Hendrik Ackermann, chairperson of Agri SA's labour and social policy committee urges you as an employer to tell your workers about the new minimum wage, but more importantly, implement it on 1 March 2014.

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Here's why it's important to comply with the new minimum wage for farmers

Last month we wrote about the dangers of paying the wrong minimum wage. In the article, we explained that the law imposes heavy fines if you don't pay what's due to your employees. This means you'll be liable for back-pay and possibly even prosecution.

Don't take that risk. And you certainly don't want to add fuel to a situation that's already volatile.

According to a report by Global Business Solutions, the low wage conditions in this sector could also mean that farm workers veto the upcoming elections.

In the report, Sikhula Sonke, a farm workers' union, says there's little interest or reason for their members to participate in the elections.

'There is a confusion and unhappiness that comes with elections. Farm workers don't see the need to vote for a party that can't respect their rights. There is no point in voting for any party when you still suffer after elections.'

Remember that the new minimum wage for farm workers comes into effect on the 1st of March. Make sure you comply.

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