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Possible assistance for farmers with regards to the drought and minimum wages
Since the start of 2016, Free State Agriculture (FSA) has met with the Department of Labour twice about the drought and the impact it will have on farmers and farm workers. A representative of the CCMA was also present at the second meeting. Occupational safety was also discussed.
During the meetings it was indicated that a so called “lay-off scheme” exists for which land owners can apply. FSA’s office and/or the CCMA can be contacted in this regard.
With regards to occupational safety the department informed us that the most deaths due to accidents in the Free State occur in the agriculture sector. We would like to again request our members to ensure that all documentation and processes are in place should an incident occur on your farm. Most cases occur where tractor PTO’s are not properly secured.
Further the department is of the opinion that a decision on the national minimum wage will not be taken in the immediate future, as too many unresolved issues still have to be attended to.
We would also like to remind our members of the increase in minimum wages that is in place from 1 March 2016.
More information on the new minimum wage is available here.