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Cosatu: Members should consider proposed minimum wage offer

Cosatu says it needs to consult with leaders & members because it had a mandate to agree to a deal of R4,500 a month.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says while the proposed national minimum wage of R20 an hour is still too little, it believes its members should seriously consider the offer.

On Tuesday, the Presidency said a ceremony to sign an agreement on a national minimum wage had been postponed because Cosatu said it needed more time to consider the proposal.

Cosatu says it needs to consult with its leaders and its members because it had a mandate to agree to a deal of R4,500 a month.

This proposal would however see most workers getting around R3,900 a month.

Cosatu’s Sizwe Pamla says this proposal is progress.

“It’s something that we think we can work with because you should understand national minimum wage is not a panacea to all of our problems, it’s not a living wage but it’s something that we can work with.”

But the National Employers Association says it will put some jobs at risk.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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