President Ramaphosa has said that while he agrees the new minimum wage is not enough, it is just the beginning of the journey to a better life for low-income workers
The President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed concerns over the new minimum wage that was put into play on Friday, saying that he agrees it is not enough, but a start in the effort to improve the lives of millions of workers.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the new law sees farm workers as well as domestic workers being phased into the R20 compulsory rate. Farm workers will now be earning R18 an hour and domestic workers R15 an hour.
The president said that while the new minimum is far too low, it is just the beginning of the journey.
He went on to explain that the minimum wage remains low to prevent the widespread closure of businesses while still relieving more than 6 million workers.
“R3,500 is not a living wage, it’s a start and everything has to start somewhere,” he explained.
Organisations such as Nedlac has welcomed the minimum wage, however, the South African Federation of Trade Unions has rejected the new policy, saying that many workers will continue to struggle against poverty.
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