Unions re­ject min­i­mum wage

Saturday Star - - NATION -

THE South African Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions says it re­jects the “poverty” min­i­mum wage set to come into ef­fect on Jan­uary 1.

In a state­ment, the union fed­er­a­tion said it was ap­palling that an ANC leader (Pres­i­dent Cyril Ram­phosa), could “con­grat­u­late him­self for con­demn­ing mil­lions of work­ers to live in poverty on a wage of R20 an hour which he kept on ad­mit­ting is not a liv­ing wage.”

While ad­dress­ing stake­hold­ers in Klip­town, Soweto, yesterday, Ram­phosa said the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the min­i­mum wage would mean that no South African worker will any longer earn less than R20 an hour.

“We are here to de­clare that from Jan­uary 1, 2019, the na­tional min­i­mum wage shall be in­tro­duced. No worker in South Africa may be paid be­low the na­tional min­i­mum wage,” Ramaphosa said.

The pres­i­dent ac­knowl­edged the R20 an hour or R3500 a month min­i­mum pay was not a liv­ing wage but said gov­ern­ment and its partners had to strike a bal­ance be­tween im­prov­ing the in­come of the low­est-paid work­ers and the need to in­crease em­ploy­ment. |


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