5 May, 2015
Confirmation of New Wages i.r.o. Being Based on 9 hour day
refer to the correspondence below entered into between FSA and DoL,
which confirms that the new minimum wage is indeed based on a working
day of 9 hours or alternatively, a working week of 45 hours.
This clarification was needed as the new Gazetted wage did not stipulate this fact explicitly.
"In terms of the two
sectoral determinations, it allows a worker to either work 8 or 9 hours
which is calculated to 45 hours per week. Depending on the operational
requirements the employer would have to decide how many hours he/she
would operate. Coming to the issue of whether the calculation for farm
workers is based on an employee who works 9 hour per day, Yes your
absolutely correct, but that doesn't deprive an employer who operate on 8
hours to pay based on 8 hours. Yes it was not indicated in terms of
forestry sectoral determination amendment, but if you make the
calculations based on the published hourly wage of R13.37 on 9 hours you
will arrive at the same figure of R120.32 as stipulated in the sectoral
determination for farm worker sector"
weekly and monthly wage in the published sectoral determinations was
based on an employee who works 45 hours per week and 4 weeks in a month.
In term of the calculation it will reflect as follows: 13.37 x 45 =
601.67 weekly x 4.333 = 2,606.78 monthly."
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