Taxi drivers demand pay hike

2013-03-18 18:02
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Johannesburg - Taxi drivers have demanded a minimum wage of R3 500 a month, the department of labour said on Monday.

Spokesperson Page Boikanyo said the demand was made during the department's public hearings in Durban on the taxi sector wage review.

He said drivers wanted to work not more than nine hours a day and sought proper drafting of contracts of employment as part of the review of the new minimum wage and basic working conditions in the taxi sector.

He said the taxi sector minimum wage came into effect in July 2005.

In terms of the current minimum wages for the taxi sector, drivers and administrative workers should earn about R2 450 a month and R565 a week.

"Drivers have also called for the boarding allowance currently fixed at a minimum of R279.93 to be raised to R350," said Boikanyo.

The taxi sectoral determination applies to taxi drivers, rank marshals, administrative staff, employees engaged to clean taxis, premises, machinery and tools in the taxi sector, and employees who check, collect fares and manage the loading of passengers.

It does not apply to owner-drivers, employers and employees in the metered taxi sector, and employees covered by other sector determination or bargaining council agreements.

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