The South African Federation of Trade Union (Saftu) which has proposed a R12 500 minimum wage, says it hopes that the Department of Labour will incorporate its proposal into the re-drafted Minimum Wage Bill.

This comes after Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour sent the Bill back to the department for re-drafting.

The committee made changes to the Bill after taking into consideration the input received from various stakeholders during public hearings.

Saftu acting spokesperson Patrick Craven says, “We hope in particular that the Department of Labour will take account of the submission that Saftu itself made last Tuesday to a fundamental changes behind the minimum wage.”

“We believe that the amount which is currently in the Bill is a poverty wage. It is far too low and nobody will be expected to live on that. We also want to scrap the differential minimum wages for farm workers, domestic workers and those of the extended public works programme which there can be no possible justification. We want a minimum wage but it must be a living wage and it must be right across the board,” adds Craven.