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Wage increase for farm workers

The Labour Dept has confirmed the hourly wage for farm workers has increased to R12,41.

The Labour Dept has confirmed the hourly wage for farm workers has increased to R12,41. Picture: SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - The Labour Department has announced a wage increase for farmworkers.

From 1 March, the minimum wage for the agriculture sector will be R12,41 an hour, up from R11,66, amounting to a minimum monthly salary of just more than R2,400.

In late 2012 and early 2013, hundreds of farm workers embarked on a violent strike in the Western Cape demanding better pay.

The department's Page Boikanyo says the new increase is not out of the ordinary.

"It's the cycle of the sectoral determination itself. We will always adjust it on the 1st of March."

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