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daBusinessLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has rejected a blanket national minimum wage (NMW), arguing that this would lead to job losses and lock out the unemployed from the labour market.  

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Parliament’s labour portfolio committee will receive oral presentations from various stakeholders on three labour bills.  The bills propose the setting of a NMW at R20 per hour or R3,500 a month, except for domestic and farm workers, whose rate will be set at R15 and R18 an hour.  Noting that the amendments would replace the current sectoral minimum wage approach with a blanket NMW, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Monday:  "While intending to raise the living standards of poor South Africans, these laws will only lead to jobs losses, and uncertainly and volatility for the most vulnerable workers.  We therefore cannot support such legislation.  We will be making written submissions on this matter, to ensure that the voice of the unemployed is heard."  The DA proposes instead the establishment of an independent panel mandated to set minimum wages for each sector.  The panel would take into consideration all relevant factors, including the need to create jobs.  The DA’s federal council will also be considering the idea of a job seekers’ exemption certificate, which would give unemployed persons the right to take jobs at a wage they found acceptable.

  • Read this detailed report by Bekezela Phakathi in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, DA calls for each sector to have its own minimum wage, at Fin24

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