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Basic Guide to Child Labour (Farm Workers)

by Zopedol — last modified 2014-02-18 12:11
In the interests of the well being; education; physical and mental health; and spiritual, moral and social development of children; the employment of children under the age of 15 is illegal, and children under the age of 18 may not be employed to do inappropriate work.

Application

Sectoral Determination 13: Farm Worker Sector applies to all workers on a farm including -
  • domestic workers, and
  • security guards.
The sectoral determination does not apply to workers covered by -
  • another sectoral determination; or
  • a bargaining council agreement.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies in respect of any matter not covered by this sectoral determination.

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Children under 15

It is a criminal offence to employ a child under the age of 15.

Based on Legislation in Section 43, of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act

Children Under 18

Children aged 15 to 18 may not be employed to do work inappropriate for their age or work that places them at risk.

Based on Legislation in Section 43, of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act

Working Hours

Employers may not require or permit a child who is between the ages of 15 and 18 years to work -
  • between 6pm and 6am 
  • 35 hours or more a week
  • with agro-chemicals

Minimum Wages

Employers are required to pay a child who is between the ages of 15 and 18 years, the hourly rate set out in minimum wages.



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