National Minimum Wage Public Hearings Start In Western Cape

NOVEMBER 6, 2014

The Portfolio Committee on Labour will conduct public hearings on the national minimum wage in the Western Cape this weekend. This parliamentary process follows President Jacob Zuma’s request during the 2014 State of the National Address that modalities of implementing a national minimum wage be investigated.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Lumka Yengeni, says Parliament will afford every South African an opportunity to be heard on the matter.

Various stakeholders, including executive mayors, domestic workers, farmworkers and union representatives from around the Western Cape have been invited to the public hearings.

The introduction of a national minimum wage, largely supported by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the African National Congress (ANC)-led government, has raised controversy with its opponents, saying it would most likely result in job losses.

Cosatu has mooted a minimum wage level of between R4 500 and R6 000 in considering minimum-living requirements and calculations of what the average working South African could expect to earn.

Dates and Venues: 07 November 2014 (Gugulethu Sports Complex)

                                    08 November 2014 (Paarl East Thusong Centre)

Time: 09h00