National Minimum Wage back in the spotlight

Cosatu has been calling for a national minimum wage saying it could reduce income inequality.

Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) house in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Picture: Janice Healing/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Minimum Wage is in the spotlight again as public hearings into the matter are expected to begin next month.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has been calling for a national minimum wage for a long time saying it could reduce income inequality.

The ANC included it in its manifesto for the previous general election as an issue to be considered.

But some employers have rejected the notion which would extend across all industries in South Africa saying a "one-size-fits-all" approach in the labour market is not necessarily a good idea.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Labour says it now welcomes the public to the debate.

The Portfolio Committee's Lumka Yengeni says they will host nationwide public hearings starting with the Western Cape.

"We will be visiting all the provinces targeting workers both employed and unemployed."