BusinessLive reports that according to presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko, the signing into law of the national minimum wage bill, which was passed by the National Council of Provinces in August 2018, is “imminent”.
Organised labour has been frustrated by delays encountered since the agreement to introduce the R20-per-hour minimum wage rate was signed in February 2017.
The originally targeted implementation date of 1 May failed to materialise, leading labour federation Cosatu to warn that the minimum wage rate was depreciating in value while President Cyril Ramaphosa was delaying signing it into law.
The national minimum wage bill is part of a package that includes amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act.
On Monday, Diko said the three labour bills sent to Ramaphosa on 30 August would be signed soon. If the president signs the bills into law during November, as planned, the implementation date would likely be scheduled for January 2019 to allow employers to adjust to the rates. According to the legislation, the minimum wage rate should be reviewed annually, starting in 2019.
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