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National Blitz Campaign on NMW Compliance in the Offing

February 1, 2019

Department of Labour

The labour department is planning to embark on a national campaign during February to assess levels of compliance with labour laws with particular focus on the newly introduced National Minimum Wage (NMW) law.

The department announced the national blitz campaign at a recent workshop in Pretoria.

The department will make use of its Basic Conditions of Employment Act specialist inspectors to enforce the NMW Act. The NMW of R20 per hour came into effect on 1 January 2019.

According to a statement, the department’s strategy to enforce the NMW was premised on three pillars, namely, advocacy, inspections and enforcement.

Meanwhile, the inaugural members of the National Minimum Wage Commission have been officially appointed. The first meeting is to be held in February 2019.

The Commission will take over the functions of the Employment Conditions Commission that has been presiding over Sectoral Determinations.

The appointments include independent experts, representatives of organised business, organised community and organised labour respectively.

Some of the Commission’s functions include:

• Reviewing the NMW and recommending its adjustment;
• Investigating and reporting to the minister on the impact of the NMW on the economy and collective bargaining; and
• Setting medium targets for the NMW within three years of the commencement of the Act.

Members of the Commission will serve for a maximum of five years, but may be reappointed.

In another statement, the department has reported that the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) case load has risen by 3.2% during the first month of the NMW implementation.

This was announced by the department during a workshop on the department’s state of NMW readiness held in Pretoria recently.

So far, the department has received 75 applications for exemptions.

The CCMA received an additional R107 million from National Treasury to assist in the implementation of the NMW.