Bet­ter wages for work­ers

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sona 2018 -

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa says the in­tro­duc­tion of a na­tional min­i­mum wage is an ex­am­ple of what is pos­si­ble when South Africans en­gage in mean­ing­ful di­a­logue to re­solve dif­fer­ences.

The na­tional min­i­mum wage will be in­tro­duced on 1 May 2018.

The Pres­i­dent said this was a his­toric achieve­ment that is ex­pected to in­crease the earn­ings of more than six mil­lion work­ing South Africans and im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions of house­holds across the coun­try.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of a na­tional min­i­mum wage was made pos­si­ble by the de­ter­mi­na­tion of all so­cial part­ners to re­duce wage in­equal­ity while main­tain­ing eco­nomic growth and em­ploy­ment cre­ation,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa, de­liv­er­ing his maiden State of the Na­tion Ad­dress.

Cab­i­net ap­proved the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage Bill in Novem­ber last year.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, the com­mu­nity sec­tor and two of the three labour fed­er­a­tions rep­re­sented at the Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Labour Coun­cil signed the na­tional min­i­mum wage agree­ment.

The min­i­mum wage agree­ment was over­seen by Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa while he was Deputy Pres­i­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Labour, all work­ers who do not fall un­der the farm/forestry, do­mes­tic sec­tors, Ex­tended Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme (EPWP) and learn­er­ships should not be paid less than the set R20 min­i­mum wage per hour.

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