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nedlacCity Press reports that unions have warned that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill has backtracked from last year’s agreement between unions and businesses in numerous small ways that water down the watershed new intervention in the labour market.  

A joint submission by union federations party to the talks warns that this kind of chipping away at the already-contentious R20-per-hour deal “will lead to major unhappiness and possible action”.  The three federations – Cosatu, Nactu and Fedusa – have been taking enormous flak from their new rival Saftu, which has outright rejected the R20 deal.  Saftu is larger than Nactu and Fedusa combined, but had no input into the deal at Nedlac, the body comprising government, business, labour and community organisations.  The labour department finally acknowledged last week one grave mistake in the bill, which was the changed definition of “worker”, in terms of which independent contractors were excluded.  The department said it was definitely a mistake and not an intentional regression on the coverage of the bill.  Business Unity SA (Busa), has made no submissions on the bill, but acknowledges the mistake around the definition of “worker”.  Meantime, it has become increasingly unlikely that the NMW will be implemented by Workers’ Day this year, as had been planned.

  • Read this report by Dewald Van Rensburg in full at Fin24

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