Talks on minimum wage kick off in Bfn


Bloemfontein will finally hear how the Department of Labour plans to implement the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for farm, domestic and expanded public works programme workers later this year.

The City of Roses is one of two Free State cities that will host the department this week as it embarks on a series of worker engagement and briefing sessions with regards to the NMW as well as how this will affect labour legislation.

The first briefing session will be on Thursday 1 February at Bloem Spa Lodge and Conference, Rayton Road, Dan Pienaar. The second briefing session will be on Friday 2 February at Matjhabeng Municipality Hall in Welkom.

“The worker briefing sessions are held to engage workers on the implementation of the NMW. The briefing sessions are also intended to educate the workers on the implications of proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the Labour Relations Act (LRA), the coming into effect of the Accord on Collective Bargaining and Industrial Action and the Code of Good Practice on Collective Bargaining, Industrial Action, and Picketing,” said departmental spokesperson, Teboho Thejane.

The National minimum wage is set for implementation from 1 May 2018. The agreed national minimum wage at Nedlac is pegged at R20 an hour for major sectors, with the exception of sectors such as farm workers, domestic workers, and expanded public works programme workers.

The worker engagement/briefing sessions started on 9 November 2017 in Johannesburg. The briefing sessions are targeting all sectors of the economy.

Further briefing sessions have been held in Pretoria, Cape Town, George, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Durban, Tzaneen, Polokwane, Mbombela, Emalahleni, Klerksdorp, and Rustenburg.

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