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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Labour will on Thursday begin its briefing sessions on the introduction of a national minimum wage (NMW) policy and proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA) with trade unions on Thursday.  

This will be ahead of even broader stakeholder consultations.  Experts have remarked that the new pieces of legislation, which include stricter regulation of strikes, will have a significant effect on the country’s collective bargaining system and could either strengthen or weaken it.  Employers, trade unions and labour analysts have been critical of the system over the years, claiming it failed to deal with labour market instability, especially in relation to disputed wage agreements and prolonged strikes over salary disputes.  A bill that sets the NMW wage at R20 an hour for major sectors — which excludes farm workers at R18 and domestic workers at R15 — is expected to become law in May 2018.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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