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mildredoliphantNews24 reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says government will name and shame employers who fail to comply with the national minimum wage (NMW).  

The National Minimum Wage Act came into effect at the beginning of this year and stipulates that employers should pay employees a minimum hourly rate of R20 (farm and forestry workers R18 per hour; domestic workers R15; extended public works programme (EPWP) workers R11).  Speaking at an International Labour Organisation (ILO) event last week, Oliphant said her department was on a national blitz to "assess levels of the National Minimum Wage Act in businesses with over 1,300 inspectors assigned to monitor compliance".  Indicating that government intended to ensure tough enforcement of the implementation of the NMW, Oliphant went on to state:  "Already the department is in the process of naming and shaming employers who fail to comply by publishing them on the department’s website."  She added that her department was aware of a new tactic that was gathering traction, namely “firing workers to undermine the labour laws that seek to address unemployment, inequality and poverty".  The department would stop these tactics in their tracks, Oliphant warned.

  • Read the full original of Kamva Somdyala’s report on this story at News24

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