Complaints over failure to comply with newly implemented minimum wage

he increase follows consultations and submissions received from within the farm and forestry sector.

FILE: Government increased the minimum wage in the sector by 6.6 percent; effective from 1 March to ensures workers’ earnings keep pace with the rising cost of living. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Labour Ministry says it's received several complaints around employers in the farm and forestry sector for failing to comply with the newly implemented minimum wage.

Government increased the minimum wage in the sector by 6.6 percent; effective from 1 March to ensures workers' earnings keep pace with the rising cost of living.

The upwardly adjusted minimum wage has seen a monthly rate of just over R2,600 increase to a little more than R2,700.

The increase follows extensive consultations and submissions received from employers and employees in both sectors.

Ministry spokesperson Sithembele Tshwete says the department has been notified that several employers across the country have failed to adhere to the changes.

"The minister is concerned about this because it is a vulnerable sector."