National Minimum Wage could soon be agreed amongst Labour at NEDLAC

Terry Bell reports that the combined trade unions represented at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) may at last be reaching an agreed position on a national minimum wage (NMW).  A meeting of the labour group is due to be held on Tuesday to thrash out remaining differences, before a meeting with President Jacob Zuma on the following Tuesday.

Should agreement be reached on Tuesday, this meeting could be the prelude to a move within the next few months to establish a NMW.  However, how, whether or when any such determination will apply to existing low wage determinations for domestic, farm and forestry workers remains to be decided.  Government has indicated that a NMW of slightly more than R3,000 a month might be acceptable, which is roughly in line with the position of Fedusa.  However, Cosatu has continued to press for a R4,500 minimum, although there have been hints this could drop to perhaps R3,700.

By Fin24