National Minimum Wage to be Reviewed Annually

Department of Labour

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is to be reviewed annually.

During one of its briefing sessions as part of its current roadshow, the department of labour emphasised that the NMW will be reviewed on 1 May of each year in line with government’s aim to alleviate poverty in the labour market.

In a statement, the department also indicated that the NMW regulation will include the procedure for exemption, the obligation on employer to consult with the employees or their trade unions and the criteria for evaluating exemptions. The agreed NMW at NEDLAC is pegged at R20 for major sectors, with the exception of sectors such as farm workers, and domestic workers.

The department’s roadshow started in November 2017 and targets all sectors of the economy. More worker NMW and labour amendments briefing sessions are still to be held across the country.

Meanwhile, the department has invited comment on its Draft Asbestos Abatement Regulations.

The draft regulations were published in Notice 29 in Government Gazette 41387.

Those interested in submitting written comments are advised to follow the prescribed format included in the notice.

Submissions should be handed in within 90 days from the date of publication of the notice.

Notice 30 outlines the current situation relating to the Bargaining Council for the Fishing Industry’s Main Collective Agreement.

In line with the Labour Relations Act, an extension of period of operation of the Agreement has been granted by a further period ending 31 August 2019.

Sabinet Cape Town Office