The national assembly has passed the National Minimum Wage Bill.
The historical bill came amidst heavy push-back from labour in the form of trade union federation Saftu and its unions affiliated to it.
Under the bill workers will earn a minimum stipend of R20 per hour.
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While farmworkers and domestic workers will earn a minimum of R18 and R15 per hour respectively.
The governing ANC argued in parliament on Tuesday that the bill will change the lives of the poor.
The opposition parties on the other hand decried the wage in its current form saying it will only cause more poverty.
The Michael Bagraim says the bill fails to address problems of unemployment and poverty in the country.
The Economic Freedom Fighters  (EFF) argued that the wage amounts to a slave wage.
The EFF’s Thembinkosi Rawula says the country’s inequality is as a result of large pay-gaps.
“We call for a National Minimum Wage that will go beyond the narrow purpose of establishing a minimum flow wage below which no worker can be paid.
“The motivation of such a socio-economic policy instrument must be understood in the context of more than 100 years of institutionalised slave wage. This has in turn subjected black workers to abject poverty.”



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