R20/hour good starting point for S.A: Cawe

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Economic analyst Ayabonga Cawe says although he thinks R20 minimum wage is little and people should be paid more, it is however a good starting point for South Africans.

This comes after the proposed R20 an hour minimum wage agreement was expected to be passed on the 1st of May by the National Minimum Bill, the Labour Relations Bill and the Basic Conditions of Employment Bill.

The South African Trade Union Federation (Saftu) rejected the minimum wage and as a result embarked on National Strike on Wednesday to oppose the bill.

Cawe says the minimum wage is a starting place where South Africa can go from and consolidate as it moves towards a living wage.

“On a bigger context of the apartheid labour market that we continue to have in this country, 46% of people already in this current global market earn less than that.”

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