28 March, 2018
FSA presentation to the porfolio committee on labour
Please find below the PowerPoint
presentation that I will be presenting to the Portfolio
Committee on Labour on behalf of the Forestry Industry later
today in Parliament.
As mentioned in my email to you dated 14
thrust of the presentation will try and get the Portfolio
Committee to agree to the folowing recommedations:
the following are the main recommendations that we have
- The implementation of the NMW be
put on hold until the economic environment improves to an
extent whereby the unintended consequences thereof will be
- Whenever the NMW is implemented,
the phasing in period (currently 90% of wage in May 2018,
moving to 100% of the wage in May 2019) be extended over a
minimum period of three years.
- The deductions currently
allowable in terms of the Sectoral Determination
vis à vis the provision of accommodation (max 10%
of wage), food (max 10% of wage), repayment of loans and
credit extended to workers and deductions that an employer
is required to make in terms of a Court or arbitration
award, be provided for in the NMW regulations.
- The annual review of the newly
established NMW Commission include the impact of the NMW
of employment levels and that representation thereof
include those who can speak on behalf of the unemployed.
- The exemption process be made
considerably easier and allow for non "employers'
organisations", such as FSA, to apply for "blanket
The definition of "farm worker"
be extended to include workers working in "on site"
primary forestry processing facilities (e.g. sawmills,
mining timber mills, pole treating plants and charcoal
plants). This will allow their wages to be set at the
same level as those currently applicable to "forestry
workers" working in plantations.
FSA Minimum Wages Presentation 2018
Source: Forestry South Africa