R3‚500 per month is the proposed national minimum wage

20 November 2016 - 18:44 By Ernest Mabuza


The proposed national minimum wage in South Africa should be R3‚500 per month. This is the proposal presented to Nedlac by a panel of advisors appointed to advise on the level at which the country's national minimum wage should be set.Addressing the media after the panel's report was presented to Nedlac‚ Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said labour‚ government and business would need to take this proposal to their constituencies to decide whether or not this was acceptable to them."We are now a step closer to finalising discussions on the national minimum wage. All social partners will now decide what their take is."He said the parties will discuss the proposal and come back to Nedlac.Ramaphosa stated that the proposed national minimum wage was aimed at reducing income poverty and inequality. Chairman of the advisory panel Professor Imraan Valodia said 47% of those who work earned less than the proposed national minimum wage.Valodia said there would be exemptions to the proposed national minimum wage.He said the panel proposed that wages in the domestic work sector should be set at 75% of the proposed national wage and workers in the agricultural sector should earn 90% of the proposed national wage.

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