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A survey was conducted in 1995 among 135 commercial farmers in KwaZulu-Natal to analyse labourremuneration and farmers' perceptions about the impact of labour legislation recently extended to agriculture.Farm labour remuneration normally includes cash wages and payments in kind (such as rations, housing,land use rights and clothing). The study suggests that, all things being equal, farmers who pay relativelylower cash wages tend to provide more rations per worker and allocate more land use rights.Most respondents agreed that there is some need for labour legislation in agriculture, but the majorityperceived the present legislation to be time-consuming and costly, and wanted the legislation to be lessambiguous, more flexible and less extensive. Labour legislation has increased transaction and wage costs infarming and could lead to the substitution of own machinery, contract machinery or contract labour for ownlabour. Survey respondents indicated that, if minimum wages were imposed, cash wages would be paid andperquisites would be charged for. If the minimum wage was set above present wages, labour would be replacedwith machinery and contractors. Respondents would prefer an industrial council to determine minimumwages (if they are imposed), accounting for enterprise and regional differences.

Subject(s): Labor and Human Capital

Issue Date: 1997-03

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/54980 Published in: Agrekon, Volume 36, Issue 1 Page range: 1-13

Total Pages: 13

Record appears in: Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) > Agrekon





Autor: Newman, R.A. ; Ortmann, Gerald F. ; Lyne, Michael C.

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/54980?ln=en







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