Ramaphosa to an­nounce ef­fec­tive date for na­tional min­i­mum wage to­day

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - The na­tional min­i­mum wage rep­re­sented a marked in­crease in in­come for more than six mil­lion work­ers.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa will to­day pro­claim the ef­fec­tive date for the re­cently ap­proved na­tional min­i­mum wage, his of­fice said. Con­sen­sus on the min­i­mum wage was reached by stake­hold­ers un­der the aus­pices of the Na­tional Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Labour Coun­cil (NED­LAC) and has been set at R20 an hour. The pres­i­dency said Ramaphosa had elected to con­duct the procla­ma­tion in a cer­e­mo­nial set­ting in or­der to af­firm the cen­tral­ity of col­lab­o­ra­tion and con­sen­sus among so­cial part­ners to the res­o­lu­tion of chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try. “Klip­town has been se­lected for this en­gage­ment for its place in South Africa’s lib­er­a­tion his­tory as the site of the adop­tion of the Free­dom Char­ter which six decades ago called for a min­i­mum wage as part of pro­tec­tion for vul­ner­a­ble work­ers,” it said.

The na­tional min­i­mum wage rep­re­sented a marked in­crease in in­come for more than six mil­lion work­ers – or 47 per cent of South Africa’s labour force – and was sub­ject to fu­ture ad­just­ments in terms of the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage Act, it added. Cit­i­zen

TO PRO­CLAIM: SA Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

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