Trenton Elsley
4 minute read
28 Oct 2019
7:01 am

Think Piece: Long live a living wage

Trenton Elsley

The per capita income associated with a decent standard life is R7 326 per month in 2019.

Demonstrators in Johannesburg criticised the proposed minimum wage of the equivalent of $1.60 as too low.

This one goes out to all the trade unionists and anyone else who understands that what few gains the working class have made, they have made through struggle and not through the kindness of the government, state or business. The expression, “the king is dead, long live the king”, is said to have originated in France in the 1400s and was used to indicate to the public that there was a swift continuity from one monarch to the next. The inauguration of the new monarch followed immediately after the death of the reigning monarch. I will use this expression to...