According to Engineering News, the Department of Labour said wages above the national minimum wage will be increased through collective bargaining once the remuneration target comes into force on May 1.
The national minimum wage (NMW) agreed at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) is pegged at R20 an hour for major sectors, with the exception of farm workers, domestic workers and expanded public works programme workers, and will be enforceable by law through the NMW Bill.
“There are things in this Bill that business does not like, and there are things in this Bill that labour does not like. At Nedlac we managed to strike a balance in that while we do not destroy jobs, we also save jobs,” Thembinkosi Mkalipi, director of collective bargaining in the Department of Labour, said.
Delegates at a meeting in East London, which is part of a series of sessions that began in Johannesburg in November, discussed the implementation of the NMW, amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and other legislation.
Mkalipi said the department was developing an online system to help analyse data submitted by employers applying for NMW exemptions.
He warned employers that they would face serious consequences if they misrepresented facts in their applications.