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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.

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