Report of panel of advisors on national minimum wage to be released

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Sunday at the NEDLAC offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg, release the report of the Panel of Advisors appointed to advise NEDLAC on the level at which South Africa's National Minimum Wage should be set.

This will be during National Economic Development and Labour Council's (NEDLAC's) Committee of Principals (COP) meeting comprising leaders of Labour, Business, Government and Communities and will include members of the Advisory Panel chaired by Professor Imraan Valodia.

The meeting of the COP on Sunday is expected to receive the Report of the Panel on National Minimum Wage and release it to the various constituencies of NEDLAC including Labour, Business, Government and Communities for discussion and ratification.

Expanding on this major development, Deputy President Ramaphosa said: "The report of the Panel will be tabled at the meeting. The report discusses or deals with what the National Minimum Wage for South Africa should be. It is a proposal and that proposal contains the figure, the magical figure that everybody has been waiting for will be out on Sunday.

"We will discuss it and we will then publicize it on Sunday and thereafter it will be discussed across the length and the breadth of the nation. It will also deal with the mechanics of how it is and once accepted, how it is going to work and how it will change over time and when it will be implemented".

He said they will also be dealing with issues of labour stability, protracted strikes, violence during strike.

"Hopefully we will be able to finalise the agreement soon thereafter. These are just proposals but much more concrete proposals I must say, which will still need to be taken back to various social partners in their various components," said Deputy President Ramaphosa.

The government will discuss it within government circles, cabinet as well, as well as the unions in their own executives.

"It is an exciting moment for all the social partners who have been involved in these discussions because we are now recording real meaningful progress; it is no longer just words, there is something concrete on the table now."

Source: South African Government News Agency.

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