Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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2 Jan 2020
6:15 am

Hike the minimum wage in line with inflation – Cosatu

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

According to Cosatu’s estimates, the national minimum wage of R20 per hour should be increased to R21.50 because of inflation.

Cosatu workers march - picture for illustrative purposes. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

Three years since the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill was signed into law, worker organisations are urging government to step up its game, beginning with an overdue raise. Trade union federation Cosatu is calling on the NMW Commission to increase the wage benchmark this year in line with inflation as it is required by law to do. According to Cosatu’s estimates, the national minimum wage of R20 per hour should be increased to R21.50 because inflation had diminished the real value of the original NMW as proposed in 2017 to R17.50. Since the NMW came into effect in January last...