The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) general-secretary, Dennis George conceded that the R20 per hour minimum wage was not a living wage but is a practical approach for now. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the agreement on Tuesday.
It isn't a living wage but between business, labour and government we could not agree and asked a panel of experts to do research and this figure was recommended. It has been scientifically researched.— Dennis George, Fedusa
We have already consulted with members on this figure. This has been the conclusion of over two years of discussions.— Dennis George, Fedusa
George said they had to adopt a practical approach as the country has low economic growth and unemployment is high.
To hear more from George on how the figure was calculated, listen here...