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Farmworkers get over 7% pay hike

The national minimum wage for farmworkers is set to increase.

FILE: The national minimum wage for farmworkers is set to increase. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - The national minimum wage for farmworkers across South Africa will increase by over seven percent.

This amounts to a R15 a day hike.

It will see workers earn R120 a day and up to R2,500 a month.

Thousands of Western Cape farmworkers embarked on a violent strike for better wages in 2012 and 2013.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant last year increased their daily pay.

Department spokesperson Mokgadi Pela says, "This will be applicable until 29 February 2016. It's in line with the minister's efforts to protect vulnerable workers."

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