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parliamentBusinessLive reports that the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP’s) select committee on economic and business development on Tuesday adopted the national minimum wage (NMW) bill, moving it a step closer to its implementation.  

The bill, which provides for a national minimum wage of R20 per hour, was adopted without amendment and will now proceed to the plenary of the NCOP for adoption.  After that it will be forwarded to President Cyril Ramaphosa for his signature and enactment.  Agricultural workers are set to earn R18 an hour and R15 will be stipulated for domestic workers.  Vusi Magwebu of the Democratic Alliance (DA) opposed the general application of the proposed NMW, saying that not all economic sectors could afford it.  The EFF’s Brenda Mathevula opposed the R20 NMW as being too low.  The ANC’s Moses Mhlanga supported the bill saying that it was a start.  Labour federation Cosatu welcomed the passage of the NMW bill, as well as the Labour Laws Amendment Bill which provides for parental and adoption leave.  The Labour Relations Amendment Bill, which provides for secret strike ballots and rules for picketing, and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, which enhances the powers of the CCMA, were also adopted without amendment.

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