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earningsCity Press writes that the long-awaited National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill has major holes that could undermine the purpose of a new universal wage floor.  

The NMW is meant to be instituted next year, at a rate of R20 per hour or R3,440 per month for 40 hours of work a week.  But the bill gazetted last month has a different definition of “worker” to the bill that emerged from negotiations at Nedlac earlier this year.  It now seems to exclude so-called independent contractors, meaning it is no longer a universal minimum wage and could exclude the most vulnerable casual workers.  The definition creates even more incentive to restructure employment relationships in order to avoid labour laws, warned Shane Godfrey of UCT’s labour and enterprise policy research group.  The bill, along with parallel amendments to other labour laws, also opens the door for wage reductions over time in a number of sectors where wages are set by sectoral determinations.  Other key demands from the labour constituency that negotiated the bill at Nedlac are conspicuously missing, including medium-term targets for the wage and a guarantee that it would increase by at least the rate of inflation every year.  The NMW Bill moreover diverges from what had been agreed at Nedlac regarding farm workers’ and domestic workers’ wages.

  • Read this informative report by Dewald Van Rensburg in full at City Press

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