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Domestic workers salaries to be increased

by Edwin Tshivhidzo
on 28 Mar 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Domestic workers will be entitled to salary increases before the end of the year.

The Department of Labour will on Tuesday be conducting public hearings to review conditions of employment and minimum wages of domestic workers.

Department officials will be visiting provinces to sensitise people about the new employment and minimum wages of domestic wages.

The current minimum wages were published in 2005 and are due for a lapse by the end of November 2008.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies to all workers and except members of the National Defence Force, National Intelligence Agency, South African Secret Service and unpaid volunteers working for charities.

Departmental spokesperson Zolisa Sigabi told BuaNews that the new minimum wages will be effective as from 1 December 2008.

"This means that domestic workers will be entitled for salary increase," said Ms Sigabi.

"We will be conducting road shows to all the provinces to sensitise people about the new minimum wages," she said.

The department urges all domestic workers and employers to participate in these gatherings and make recommendations regarding proposed wages and conditions of employment.

Last year, the department announced new minimum wages for the hospitality industry which came effective on 1 July.

The law stipulates that companies employing ten or less people will have to pay their employees a minimum wage of R1 400 a month, while those employing ten or more people will have to pay R1 650 a month.

In terms of the new determination under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, businesses associated with the hospitality industry will have to pay employees such as waiters a minimum wage. - BuaNews

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