The Portfolio Committee on Labour started its public hearings of the viability of a national minimum wage in Gauteng yesterday, 3 February.
Portfolio Committee Chairperson Ms Lumka Yengeni and Committee members were satisfied with the number of people who actively participated in the hearings. The Committee noted all the proposals raised by members of the public and assured them that these would assist the Committee when formulating policy on the national minimum wage.
Ms Yengeni emphasised that the views of the people are important and will assist the Committee when finding ways to raise the standard of living of South African workers.
The Committee was also pleased to learn that the members of the public were from a variety of industries and sectors, including manufacturing, retail, service industries, transport and finance. The majority of them proposed a minimum wage from R7 000 to R15 000.
“We feel that Chairperson Yengeni and her Committee members are giving us hope by taking this big step in ending the suffering endured by our people and improving the working conditions in South Africa,” said one union representative from the manufacturing sector, Mr Duminsani Dakile.
Ms Yengeni concluded the public hearing by promising members of the public that every input would be taken into the Committee’s considerations.
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