Unions reject minimum wage
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. |