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cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Tuesday it was disappointed that Parliament and the government would not be ready to implement the long-delayed national minimum wage (NMW) by 1 May.  

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Monday her department would not be able to implement the NMW on the set date because parliamentary processes had not been finalised due to the high volumes of both written and oral public submissions.  Cosatu said it had repeatedly raised its concerns that the delays in negotiations at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) and at Parliament were putting the 1 May implementation date at risk.  The National Minimum Wage Bill, together with the Labour Relations Amendment Bill and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendments Bill, were referred by the cabinet to Parliament in November 2017 and are currently being considered by Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour.  Cosatu said it had always felt that insufficient time was given to Parliament to pass these three critical bills.

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