Domestics’ pay rises today

2011-12-01 00:00

LABOUR Minister Mildred Oliphant has decreed that domestic workers must be given an annual pay increase from today.

Labour spokesperson Page Boikanyo said the adjustment is part of an annual binding determination by Oliphant in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

Boikanyo said that from December 1, 2011 to November 30, 2012 the minimum wage for domestic workers, who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less in area A, will go up from R9,12 per hour to R9,85; from R246,30 per week to R265,94; and from R1 067,15 to R1 152,32 per month.

For domestics who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week in area A, the minimum wage will rise from R7,72 per hour to R8,34; from R347,79 to R375,19 per week; and from R1506,35 to R1625,70 per month, Boikanyo said in a statement.

He said sectoral determination divides the domestic sector into area A, which includes bigger cities while area B includes small towns and rural areas.

Area B workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less will now earn R224,90 per week and R974,49 per month, said Boikanyo.

Domestics who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week will earn R317,62 per week and R1 376,25 per month.

Msunduzi falls under area A.

“Employers who choose to ignore this domestic worker sectoral determination and disregard the law must know that the department will be watching vigilantly.

"Employees are encouraged to report non-compliance at their nearest labour centre and we will intensify enforcement of law during its routine and blitz inspections,” Boikanyo said.

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