COSATU Gauteng supports the National Minimum Wage increase

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Gauteng acknowledges the increment in the National Minimum Wage, which was publicized by the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi which will take effect from today, the 1st of March 2023.

Although the increase is welcomed, it is still a drop in the ocean compared to the daily needs basket of the workers in those sectors, particularly domestic, farming, wholesale and retail. The 9.6%, R2.23 per hour increment will translate to R25,42 and thus COSATU’s resolution on living wages for all, remains relevant.

It is public knowledge that workers who are employed in these sectors are often exploited by working long hours and are not paid as per the requirements, whilst more are taken advantage of due to their lack of knowledge concerning their employment rights. These workers are vulnerable and face the harshest working conditions. They need to be well considered as they bare financial strain more than others. Consistent increases in food prices, high increases in electricity as well as fuel hikes have further contributed to the rise in the cost of living, which most can no longer afford.

We therefore call on the Minister in the Department of Labour and Employment to compel employers to comply to this increase without failure, by vigorously implementing inspection and enforcement.

COSATU Gauteng fully supports this progress as the working class will have their income increased while the campaign for living wages remains relevant.

We further hope that employers will also adhere to the National Minimum Wage. 

Issued by COSATU Gauteng

COSATU Provincial Chairperson: Amos Monyela

079 493 5002

COSATU Provincial Secretary: Louisah Modikwe

 082 297 2659