Farmers wage hearings conclude

2012-12-14 17:22

Public hearings to review farm worker minimum wages were concluded in Gauteng and Eastern Cape, the labour department has said.

The department would consolidate the input and prepare a report for the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) for consideration, said spokesman Mokgadi Pela today.

“The hearings were part of a consultative process to review the farm workers’ minimum wages.”

The ECC advises the labour minister on wages and other conditions of employment in vulnerable sectors, including the farming sector.

Representatives from government, labour unions and farmers are among those who form the commission.

Acting director of labour standards Titus Mtsweni said this week the ECC was expected to meet in January 2013 to consider all inputs and advise the labour minister on the proposed new minimum wage review.

He did not rule out further public hearings in De Doorns and other areas.

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