Cosatu ready to sign on dotted line over minimum wage deal

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it has been given the go ahead to sign on the R20 per hour national minimum wage which is due to take effect from May 2018.

We've been told that we can go back to Nedlac and sign the deal.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson

Last month, parties at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) were ready to seal the deal but Cosatu put brakes on signing the R20 p/h minimum wage agreement.

The signing was postponed and Cosatu asked for time to present the report Central Executive Committee (CEC).

The federation held a briefing in Braamfontein earlier on Thursday following its CEC meeting.

Cosatu National Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says the CEC has asked that there is a medium-term target to help achieve a decent minimum wage within a certain time frame.

Pamla also explains that Cosatu will push for an annual minimum wage increase that considers factors beyond just inflation.

We do have a mandate. We are going to go back and sign.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson

Cosatu also addressed various issues including the ANC's succession debate, the Sassa saga, Brian Molefe's new MP title and more.

Cosatu publicly endorsed deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC president and called on Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to either resign or be axed over the social grant fiasco.

Take a listen to Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla explain why Cyril Ramaphosa should lead the ANC:

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