southafricalogoThe Department of Labour announced on Monday that the statutory minimum wages of contract cleaning employees will be adjusted upward with effect from 1 December 2016.  

In terms of the applicable sectoral determination, workers in Area A (metropolitan councils including Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay) and also certain local councils (e.g. Mogale City, Randfontein, Stellenbosch) will have to earn a minimum of R19.38 per hour (R18, 01 in 2015/2016).  In Area B, the rates applicable will be those as prescribed by the KwaZulu-Natal Contract Cleaning Bargaining Council.  In Area C (the rest of SA), the minimum rate per hour will be R17,66 (R16,41 in 2015/2016).  The increases cover the period 1 December 2016 to 30 November 2017.

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