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numsaANA reports that hundreds of members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) marched on Wednesday to the Gauteng Legislature in Johannesburg to hand over a memorandum demanding that government should end “slavery” labour laws.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa last year signed an agreement to change labour law for the introduction of a national minimum wage for workers – excluding farm workers and domestic workers – of R20 per hour, effective from 1 May 2018.  Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said:  “We will not allow workers to earn R20 and hour while President Cyril Ramaphosa earns over R3 million a year.  If you are a domestic worker, Ramaphosa says you deserve to earn R15 an hour.  If you are a farmworker, he says you deserve to earn R18 per hour.  This is all happening while CEO’s are earning R8,625 per hour.  They are rich because of these workers, yet workers are being told that they deserve to earn slave wages.”  Additionally, Numsa was protesting against proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act and Basic Conditions of Employment Act that it believes would make it impossible for workers to go on strike.

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