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parliamentBusinessLive reports that union federation Cosatu has appealed to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to urgently adopt proposed amendments to the National Minimum Wage Act to prevent abuse by employers.  

The NCOP’s select committee on employment and labour is currently processing the National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill, which aims to correct a cross-referencing error that meant there was no retrospective application of the act.  The absence of this retrospectivity meant employers could reduce wages in anticipation of the enactment of the minimum wage, which took effect on 1 January 2019.  The retrospective clause will make it an unfair labour practice for an employer to unilaterally alter wages, hours of work or other conditions of employment in connection with the national minimum wage (NMW).  Cosatu’s parliamentary co-ordinator Matthew Parks expressed regret in a presentation to the committee on Tuesday that the bill had not been given priority and was not passed by the previous parliament.  He said the mistake in the original bill, which was adopted by parliament, has exposed workers to victimisation.  Parks also urged the select committee to agree to the insertion of clauses requested by the CCMA to make its judgments on the NMW wage immediately enforceable as appeals to the labour court have the effect “of dragging on such matters to the unaffordable detriment of workers”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Linda Ensor at BusinessLive


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