National Minimum Wage under the spotlight

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18 Aug 2023

The National Minimum Wage Commission seeks input on possible adjustments to the national minimum wage (NMW).

The employment and labour department published the call for written representations in Government Gazette 49062 in terms of the National Minimum Wage Act of 2018.

According to the Commission, its annual report and recommendations concerning possible adjustment to the NMW will be published later in 2023.

Representations are invited until 8 September 2023.

Meanwhile, in a recent speech in Limpopo, the deputy minister of employment and labour, Boitumelo Moloi, called for employers and the department to forge strong partnerships to overcome the scourge of unemployment in the country.

According to the deputy minister, employers need to assist to solve the unemployment problem in South Africa.

“We encourage employers to utilise our employment online system known as Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) and register work opportunities free of charge. Our system is apolitical, it is nonpartisan and it does not discriminate”, said Moloi.

Regarding the employment of foreign nationals in workplaces, Moloi pointed out that “this is at the detriment of local work seekers who resort to crime due to the scarcity of jobs in the country”.

“It must be clear that we are not xenophobic. You can and you have a right to employ foreign nationals as long as they are legal in the country. Gone are the days when we come to companies for inspections and find that you have employed undocumented foreign nationals and we arrest them alone. We must make sure that we charge the employer as well. There are labour laws that govern us in our country that we need to follow. Ignorance of the law does not exonerate you or us from charging you”, she declared.

Article sourced from Sabinet.

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