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mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that according to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, some of the "propaganda" against the national minimum wage (NMW) was nothing more than electioneering and an attempt to score cheap political points.  

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday during her budget vote speech, she said it was disturbing that those who were against the NMW had nothing to offer as an alternative, but wanted to keep the status quo.  "Those who are demanding that the level be set higher, are totally oblivious of the consequences of doing so," the minister said.  She added that:  "Setting the inaugural level at R20 per hour was informed by research and robust analysis of various scenarios and their possible ramifications.  This level is informed by the real world considerations and not some idealistic desires."  Oliphant also pointed out that for the majority of the vulnerable workers, the NMW “will make a huge difference.”  She also dealt with proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act relating to the extension of collective bargaining agreements where there was sufficient representation.  She noted that the original intention of the act was that the representativeness of bargaining councils and their constituent parties would be determined annually by the registrar, and not every time a bargaining council referred a collective agreement to the minister for extension.  The amendments to the act sought to give effect to that intention and nothing more, the minister stated.

  • Read this report by Linda Ensor in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, The national minimum wage will make a ‘huge difference’, says labour minister, at The Citizen


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