home > archives > 2004

February 2004

Workers in the wholesale and retail sector in the former homelands are entitled to wage increases of up to 20 percent as from the beginning of February, while their counterparts in other areas should receive 8.8 percent.
These guaranteed wage hikes are regulated by the Department of Labour's sectoral determination for the industry, which sets minimum wages and employment conditions for the sector. The increase will cover wholesale and retail workers from the whole of South Africa.
The Wholesale and Retail Sectoral Determination replaced the South African Wage Determination 478 increases when it was promulgated in 2003.
Determination 478 did not cover workers from the former- homeland states and workers in companies with less than five employees - these workers will receive 20% increases.
Those workers who were covered by the previous determination will now get an additional 8.8% per annum.
Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said the determination aims to close all gaps created by apartheid era laws and will protect all workers in the sector and ensure equal treatment before the law.
An Assistant Manager from a predominantly urban area who currently earns R2 648.19 - will now receive R2 881.23 per month. While a Shop Assistant from a predominantly urban area who currently earns R1 448.29 will now earn R1 575.73 according to this new determination.
However, an Assistant Manager from former homeland areas who currently earns R1 356.96 will now receive R1 687.20. While a Shop Assistant who earns R738.72 will now get R918.54 - when the new determination comes into effect on Monday.
The sectoral determination came into effect as from February 1, 2003 and the wage increments that are to be implemented as from the beginning of next month are the first set of increase stipulated by the determination.
'The Sectoral Determination is part of the ANC government programme to protect the most vulnerable of workers'.
'The determination does not only set working conditions and wages, but it also make annual increases to workers in these sector.'
The Minister added that the determination addresses the needs of both employers and workers and offers more flexibility.
An example of this flexibility is where workers can choose to exchange percentage of benefits for more money. While employers may have more flexibility to reshuffle around 40 to 45 working hours a week as stipulated by the determination.
Inquiries: Snuki Zikalala on 082 809 3195
23 February 2004
Labour court orders payout of R120 000 to workers

Click here to view.
17 February 2004
Inspectors conduct weeklong nationwide blitz inspections on Wholesale and Retails Sector

Click here to view.
13 February 2004
MGCIS Parliamentary Media Briefing by Minister of Labour, Mms Mdladlana

Click here to view.
03 February 2004
January Fact Sheet 2004

Click here to download the document.

Subscribe to our mailing list 
Important Contacts
Head Office
  Riverside Office Park | Hennops House | 1303 Heuwel Avenue
Cnr. Lenchen South and Heuwel Avenue | Centurion, PRETORIA
South Africa,0167  
  Private Bag X106 | Centurion | 0046
012 622 9500

Quick Links

- Stakeholder
- About Us
- Projects
- Learners
- Employers


Copyright @ W&RSETA 2014 | archives | links | faq's