Minimum wage deadline missed

The date for the introduction of the National Minimum wage has been pushed back.

It was hoped the bill would come into force on 1 May, however, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says further consultations still need to to take place.

Cosatu's Matthew Parks explains the reasons for the delay.

We were concerned that parliament should be given sufficient time to process the bill. There wasn't enough time for Parliament to do its work in three meetings, so they asked for Parliament to be given about three weeks.

Matthew Parks, Cosatu

Parks says they had initially proposed a minimum of R26 an hour, while businesses have been pushing for R11.

Parks says a settlement agreement of R20 is closer to what they were negotiating for.

We accept it is not a living wage, it's a minimum wage and for 47% of workers, for about 6 million workers, this will mean an increase in their take home salary.

Matthew Parks, Cosatu

Listen below for the full interview:


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