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SaftuThe Citizen reports that general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), Zwelinzima Vavi, said on Tuesday that it was an indictment for unions and formations representing marginalised people that half of the country’s workforce earned below R3,400.  

Speaking on Radio 702, Vavi said Saftu did not agree with rival federation Cosatu that the proposed R20 per hour national minimum wage (NMW) was a good start and a step in the right direction.  Cosatu said on Tuesday it was disappointed that parliament and the government would not be ready to implement the long-delayed NMW by 1 May.  The NMW envisages that farmworkers and domestic workers would get a rate of R18 an hour and R15 an hour respectively and that this would be raised to R20 an hour within two years of implementation.  Vavi said the fact that so many workers in the country earned a pittance was the reason why SA had become the most unequal society in the world.  He said the fact that Cosatu welcomed the NMW meant the federation was captured and had abandoned the interests of farm and domestic workers.  “We are happy that the implementation of this minimum wage has been postponed,” Vavi said.

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