South Africa on verge of introducing National Minimum Wage South Africa on verge of introducing National Minimum Wage

South Africa on verge of introducing National Minimum Wage
15 Aug 2018

South Africa’s Select Committee on Economic and Business Development has approved a series of bills, including one to introduce a national minimum wage of ZAR20 (US$1.44) an hour.

The Committee has agreed to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill, the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, the Labour Relations Amendment Bill and the Labour Laws Amendment Bill without making any changes.

The first three have been referred to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for ratification after being approved by the National Assembly in May. All that remains is for them to come before a plenary sitting of the NCOP to be formally adopted, according to EWN.

The NMW Bill provides for the creation of a NMW Commission that will review the rate each year. A lower pay bracket has been stipulated for agricultural and domestic workers at R18 (US$1.29) an hour and R15 an hour (US$1.08) respectively, Business Live reported.

The Labour Laws Amendment Bill, which is a private member’s bill, will also give workers 10 days’ paid parental leave when their children are born and 10 weeks paid adoption leave if they legally adopt a child aged two years or younger.

The Labour Relations Amendment Bill covers secret strike ballots and picketing rules, while the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill enhances the powers of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

 Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

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South Africa’s Select Committee on Economic and Business Development has approved a series of bills, including one to introduce a national minimum wage of ZAR20 (US$1.44) an hour.

The Committee has agreed to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill, the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, the Labour Relations Amendment Bill and the Labour Laws Amendment Bill without making any changes.

The first three have been referred to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for ratification after being approved by the National Assembly in May. All that remains is for them to come before a plenary sitting of the NCOP to be formally adopted, according to EWN.

The NMW Bill provides for the creation of a NMW Commission that will review the rate each year. A lower pay bracket has been stipulated for agricultural and domestic workers at R18 (US$1.29) an hour and R15 an hour (US$1.08) respectively, Business Live reported.

The Labour Laws Amendment Bill, which is a private member’s bill, will also give workers 10 days’ paid parental leave when their children are born and 10 weeks paid adoption leave if they legally adopt a child aged two years or younger.

The Labour Relations Amendment Bill covers secret strike ballots and picketing rules, while the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill enhances the powers of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

 Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

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