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parliamentBusinessLive reports that the implementation of the national minimum wage (NMW) could be postponed after interested parties warned that the process to give effect to the policy was in danger of not passing constitutional muster. 

They have cautioned that if the legislation was rushed through Parliament, it risked being sent back by the Constitutional Court.  Now, they have requested that implementation be postponed by at least two months to avoid "humiliation".  The government was planning to enact the bill, giving effect to the NMW in April, with 1 May earmarked for its implementation.  However, indications are that the outstanding legislative processes to be covered in the weeks remaining before the deadline require more time.  MPs and trade unionists have said it would be "madness" if the portfolio committee on labour did not allocate more time for the consideration of public submissions made on the bill, which was discussed in Parliament earlier this week.  The EFF has written to the labour committee chairperson asking that more time be allocated for the process.  The Presidency did not answer questions about a possible postponement.  The Department of Labour could not guarantee the deadline would be met, saying the process was now up to Parliament.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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