Unions underwhelmed by minimum wage adjustment

2020-02-20 06:56

Labour unions have expressed disappointment at what they call an insufficient increase to the national minimum wage, saying the adjustments won't be enough to dent poverty levels among the lowest earners, given the increasing cost of living.

A South African earning minimum wage works 5.4 hours to earn 1GB of data – here’s how that compares to the rest of the world

2019-09-15 07:36

In Monaco people only have to work 0.10 hours to afford one GB of data.

INSIDE LABOUR: New dawn — or signs of impending storms

2019-05-31 15:31

There are small signs of a new dawn, but bigger, more worrying signals of an impending storm, says Terry Bell.

Labour department to name and shame employers who fail to comply with minimum wage

2019-04-13 11:38

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says government will ensure tough enforcement of the national minimum wage and those who fail to comply with it will be named and shamed on the department of labour's website.

Minimum wage: Will Mboweni make it simpler for employers?

2019-02-19 16:56

It is wait-and-see whether Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will make the administration of the national minimum wage simpler for employers in his Budget 2019.

This is how much you’re supposed to pay your domestic worker

2019-01-15 13:00

There is some confusion about domestic worker wages following the new minimum wage legislation.

Minimum wage a 'powerful demonstration' of resolve to tackle poverty, says Ramaphosa

2018-12-31 10:51

The president called the minimum wage, which will be instituted from January 1, a 'powerful demonstration of shared resolve of all social partners to tackle poverty and inequality'.

Wage hike for domestics ‘still too low’

2018-12-10 16:32

Employers of domestic workers must pay them more after the Department of Labour increased the minimum wage last week.

Could you live on R736 per month?

2018-07-22 12:12

How is it that those who do not lay a single brick – let alone lift a finger – earn 600% more than those who produce the commodities that generate the profits for the elite few? asks Mikaela Nhondo Erskog.

For Ma Lina, and the many other domestic workers who raised us, while their own kids were going to bed without them

2018-07-03 13:30

Kyla Mills spoke to Parent24 after her Facebook post about Ma Lina, the nanny she grew up with, went viral. But Kyla says she feels awkward because you shouldn't be praised for being decent to people, "especially the people who raised you". This is her response to the minimum wage debate and her heartwarming story about Ma Lina.


SA’s minimum wage is increasing on 1 March - here are the new minimums for domestic workers and others

2020-02-18 10:13

The national minimum wage, and the minimum payments for some special categories of jobs, are all increasing by just about 3.8%, roughly in line with inflation since it was activated – but not since the original numbers were agreed.

To beat the jobs crisis we need a 21st century approach to labour

2019-08-08 13:59

We simply have to make it easier to be an employer in SA. And we have to be prepared to stand up to the unions when their interests threaten the interests of the unemployed and the low skilled, writes Mmusi Maimane.

16% of South Africa's domestic workers are abused at work, according to a shocking new report

2019-05-19 07:44

In 2017, Stats SA said there were more than one million domestic workers in South Africa. A new survey suggests 27% of them may live in shacks while working other people's homes.

Rebel with a cause

2019-03-28 09:10

Anyone who questions the implementation of a minimum wage in South Africa will be met with fierce opposition. But the merits (and demerits) of such legislation require broader debate. Even if this is an unpopular notion.

Minimum wage twist

2019-02-01 15:59

A possibly unintended consequence of the minimum wage legislation is threatening to force a local NGO to stop providing occupational therapy to about 100 mentally challenged adults.

Everything you need to know about the national minimum wage

2019-01-01 08:53

The long-awaited national minimum wage comes into effect on January 1. Here's what you need to know.

UPDATED: What is the minimum wage for domestic workers and nannies 2019?

2018-12-14 00:00

Here are the minimum rates for domestic workers and nannies, valid from 3 December 2018.

Trade unions welcome 'imminent' signing of National Minimum Wage into law

2018-11-23 12:03

Trade unions have welcomed the 'imminent signing' by President Cyril Ramaphosa of four bills into law which will give effect to a R3 500 monthly National Minimum Wage.

"No matter the colour of our skin, we are just plain human beings": Jackson Mthembu and our readers respond to Ma Lina's story

2018-07-06 12:40

Domestic workers, nannies and minimum wage – after reading Kyla Mills's heart-warming story about the nanny that raised her, Ma Lina, our readers responded with a flood of their own heart-warming stories.

OPINION: "Domestic workers will soon become a handful of people only the elite can afford"

2018-06-12 11:08

Some people simply cannot afford to pay more than the minimum wage for their domestic workers and nannies, explains one reader.

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