15 February, 2016
minimum wages for farm & forestry workers w.e.f. 1 March 2016
MINIMUM WAGES FOR FARM & FORESTRY WORKERS W.E.F. 1
attached for your information the relevant Government
Gazette as well as the history of minimum wages in the
Forestry Sector since the Sectoral Determination was
established in 2006.
the following needs to be noted:
1. The implementation date has been moved from 1st April to 1st
March so as
to align it with the implementation of the new agricultural
2. Unlike in previous years, there has
not been a quantum increase in the wage in terms of this
next three year cycle (this being what FSA lobbied for)
3. The Minister has seen fit to take
into account current conditions in the agricultural and
forestry sectors (particularly the drought), and has thus
implemented an increase for 2016 based on the CPI
(excluding owners' equivalent rent).
4. The consequent increase is 6.6%.
5. The new rates, w.e.f. 1st
March 2016 will thus be the following for workers working 9
hours per day / 45 hours per week:
a. Per month:
R2 778.83 (R 2 606.78)
b. Per week: R
c. Per day: R
d. Per hour:
R 14.25 (R 13.37)
6. Increases w.e.f. 1st
March 2017 and 2018 will be based on the CPI figure
published 6 weeks prior to the implementation date
(excluding owners' rent) + 1%.
the Minister's announcement in that she has taken cognisance
of the circumstances in which the agricultural and forestry
sectors are currently operating.
this, members who feel that they are unable to pay this
increase do have the option of applying for an exemption in
terms of Section 50. The necessary forms for this can be
found on the following website - www.labour.gov.za/DOL/documents/forms/basic-conditions-of-employment/form-bcea6-application-for-ministerial-determination.
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