Minimum wage debate rages on

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Public debate on the national minimum wage wage is intensifying.

Earlier this week, the National Assembly passed the National Minimum Wage Bill which Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant described as historic.

However, critics have described the R20 an hour as an insult.

Labour federation South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has vowed to continue to campaign for a higher national minimum wage.

Isobel Frye, Director at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute explains the implication of the national minimum wage on the well-being of a law income South African family.

“In essence what you looking at R3500 a month is that you going to have families who are not going to be able to afford the cost of food. So you see an increasing level of people who are not able to afford to have a minimum.”

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