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DEL issues reminder for submission of representations on NMW for 2022

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The DEL has issued a reminder for interested parties to submit their written representations concerning the possible adjustments to the national minimum wage for 2022, for consideration by the commission.

On Monday, 20 September 2021, the Department of Employment and Labour issued a reminder that the National Minimum Wage Commission is inviting interested parties to submit their written representations concerning possible adjustments to the national minimum wage (NMW) for 2022. In its statement issued on Friday, 17 September 2021, the commission explained how the National Minimum Wage Act of 2018 enjoined it to annually review the rates.

The commission further explained that it also makes the necessary recommendations to the Employment and Labour Minister on any adjustment of the wage, while also reflecting on alternative views, including those of the public. The commission also stated that it is illegal and an unfair labour practice for any employer to unilaterally alter the hours of work or other conditions of employment in implementing the NMW. The policy instrument is a floor level below which no employee should be paid.

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What is expected to happen with the NMW-submitted representations from parties?

Written submissions from all interested parties concerning possible adjustments to the NMW for 2022 will be considered by the commission before it publishes its annual report and recommendations on the annual review of the wage later in the year.

What does the NMW Commission take into account when considering annual adjustments?

The commission takes into account factors such as inflation, the cost of living, gross domestic product, wage levels and collective bargaining outcomes, and productivity. It also considers the operation of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) and the impact on employment or employment creation, amongst other factors.

How much has the NMW increased to?

According to the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas W Nxesi, the national minimum wage has increased from R20.76 to R21.69 for the year 2021, with effect from 1 March 2021. This announcement was made in February 2021.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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