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GOVT’S 7.5% SALARY RISE FOR MANUFACTURERS, PROCESSERS

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MBABANE – Costs of operating a business in the manufacturing and processing industry have escalated even further following the gazetting of a 7.5 per cent salary increase.


 In terms of legal notice number 86 of 2018, issued by the Minister of Labour and Social Security Winnie Magagula, in exercise of powers vested by section of the Wages Act of 1964, the new salary structure comes into force with effect from June 2, 2018.
The new pay structure will apply to persons employed in the manufacturing and processing industries including the manufacture of bricks, concrete, recycling, dry cleaning, laundry, timber processing, printing and weaving.


She explained that all employers would be expected to pay the basic minimum wage calculated at the new rate.


Higher


“Any employee who, at the date of commencement of this order is in receipt of a higher wage, or enjoys better conditions of employment than those prescribed by the order shall not suffer a reduction in such wage or condition by reason of this order coming into operation,” Magagula pronounced.


It was explained that where no definition of an employee duties exists, such employee would be paid a basic minimum wage not less than that applicable to a general labourer.


It was pointed out that nothing in the regulation should prevent an employer, if he so wishes from supplying cooked or uncooked food to an employee in addition to his basic wage together with free transport or accommodation.


The normal working hours per week for employees other than security guards and casual labourers would consist of not more than 48 hours of work spread over six days spread over six days.

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