LIVING WAGE: ADD 45%
The Nedlac labour constituency also wants to keep a real living wage on the table, even while calling R20 a “workable starting point”.
Even the higher minimum wage the unions are calling for still falls short of what is generally viewed as necessary to support human life.
This is estimated at about R4 500 per month on the presumption that a wage earner has the national average number of dependants.
The unions are asking for the explicit inclusion of a “medium-term target” towards which the minimum wage should get increased over time.
This should get announced alongside the initial minimum wage, they say.
This should be “at least R4 500 in 2017 values”, according to the document.
It doesn’t say what is meant by the medium term, but R4 500 in 2017 money terms is a substantially different proposition from what the panel has proposed.
It is based on the 40-hour week the panel used, coming to R26 per hour.
Adding inflation, this target ends up being about R29 in 2019 compared with the R20 the panel proposed.