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February : Important advice regarding new agricultural minimum wage

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27 February, 2013

Sectoral determination for farm workers applicable from 1 March 2013

From 1 March 2013 new minimum wages apply to farm workers. The increase represents a 52% increase in the entry level wage of workers.

The purpose of this communication is not to analyse or revisit all the provisions of the sectoral determination, but rather to highlight the legal position in respect of some decisions that farmers are likely to consider in the coming months.

The method of calculating wages has not been amended and there is no need to renegotiate the wage levels of the workers. Wages above the minimum wage are therefore not affected and increases must be negotiated between the farmer and farm workers (or their representatives). The method of calculating wages is explained in Annexure A

For the full PDF document click:  Comprehensive Advice Document

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