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New wage for S/Africa farm workers, employers unhappy

The new wage determination will be effective from 1 March 2013, she said.

“I would like to announce the new level of the minimum wage for 1 March 2013 to 28 February 2014 be pegged at US$12 per day for employees who work nine hours a day or US$253 per month,” the minister said at a press briefing.

The new sectoral determination will be promulgated for a three-year period.

The minister said her ministry would undertake a study to assess the impact of the new wage in the sector towards the end of term of its dispensation.

The announcement follows violent strikes by farm workers, especially in the Western Cape Province, since November 2012. The farm workers had demanded US$17 per day as a minimum wage, and the government offer, falls short of that demand.

The farm workers’ employers, under the umbrella of Agri-South Africa, however, were unhappy over the new wages, saying they were too high to meet and would result in massive unemployment for the farm workers.

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