The National Minimum Wage Bill was tabled in Parliament last week to set up a 10-member national minimum wage commission that will review the national minimum wage yearly and make recommendations to the labour minister. The minister will be announcing pay adjustments on March 31 every year. The bill gives effect to the agreement on a national minimum wage thrashed out in talks between the government, business, labour and the community in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). The bill provides for a national minimum wage, as agreed in Nedlac, of R20 an hour with effect from May 1 2018. The rate is included in a schedule to the bill so that it can be adjusted yearly. Exceptions have been provided for the first year. The minimum wage for farm workers will be R18 an hour, for domestic workers R15 an hour and for workers in expanded public works programmes R11 an hour. The proposed commission will consist of an independent chairman or chairwoman appointed by the ...

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