busaANA reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) on Tuesday said it would need to consult diligently with its members to understand the potential impact of the recommended R3,500 national minimum wage (NMW) on different sectors and types of businesses.  

In a statement, Busa said it needed to closely interrogate the report in relation to the wage and employment trade-off.  A Nedlac advisory panel on Sunday proposed a NMW wage rate of R20 an hour, or about R3,500 a month.  The proposed wage has elicited a mixed reaction from trade unions and political parties.  Busa added it was pleased with the progress on labour relations stability and the manner in which constituencies had engaged on the issues in Nedlac.  In particular, it welcomed “the significant progress made between social partners to address prolonged and violent strike action, without undermining the right to strike.”

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