Farmworkers get minimum wage increase

WINDHOEK: After nearly five years, farm workers can finally expect a minimum wage increase effective as from 16 June 2014.

This is the third increase since the introduction of the minimum wage in 2002. The second increase was implemented in 2009.

The Agricultural Employers’ Association (AEA), the Namibia National Farmers’ Union (NNFU) and the Namibia Farm Workers’ Union (NAFWU) yesterday signed a collective agreement on minimum wage in the agricultural sector.

The minimum cash wage is increasing from N.dollars 2,87 per hour to N.dollars 3,70 per hour, while the value of rations is increasing from a minimum of N.dollars 400 a month.

In 2009 the value of rations increase was N.dollars 300 a month.

Overall, this translates to an increase in the minimum wage to N.dollars 1 120 per month, up from N.dollars 860 per month in 2009.

The new wage applies to workers in both the communal and commercial farming sub-sectors, but the agreement does allow for temporary exemption of employers in specific categories.