Cheers and tears for latest domestic pay hike

Cape Town - Almost 50% of Fin24 users think the latest wage increase for domestic workers is a big improvement on what they're earning now.

In a snap Twitter poll 48% of Fin24's followers cheered the wage hike, while 32% lamented the fact that they now have to fork out more amid already stretched budgets. The rest of the respondents indicated that they didn’t really care.

"Since they are paid well below par, they deserve that," Fin24 user Pee Kays wrote in reaction to the latest round of wage hikes of up to 10% for domestic workers, which include housekeepers, gardeners, nannies and domestic drivers.

READ: Here's how much more you have to pay your domestic worker

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced earlier this month that the minimum wage for South Africa’s domestic workers will be increased from December 1 2016.

In another user response, Jon van der Merwe wrote: "While everyone should make a living, not everyone gets an increase that high - 8.2% is higher than inflation!"

Fin24 user Quasimodo said many of his friends who are domestic workers, get paid almost three times that amount, while Clive Weitz said the increase is good, but he questioned the justification for an increase for those workers that don't really deliver.

The adjustment comes as government and labour are discussing wage inequality and the introduction of a national minimum wage.

CALCULATE: Are you paying your domestic worker enough?

Disclaimer: All letters and comments published in Fin24 have been independently written by members of the Fin24 community. The views are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent those of Fin24.

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