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Vavi: Business won't oppose minimum wage

The National Minimum Wage will be introduced at the Labour Relations Summit today.

FILE: Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Zwelinzima Vavi, says he believes big businesses won't oppose the introduction of the National Minimum Wage when it's introduced at the Labour Relations Summit at Nedlac today.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will preside over the gathering which aims to improve labour relations following strikes in the platinum and manufacturing sectors.

Earlier this year, the African National Congress said in its election manifesto that it would examine the modalities of instituting a minimum wage.

Vavi says businesses won't oppose the plan.

"If they take in an attitude that says the benefit is going to be in the detail. Meaning that this process they starting, must help us finalise all the nitty-gritty of all the amounts and figures."