A national wage bill aimed at bringing the national minimum wage of South African to 3,500 Rands or N91,225 per month, has been signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
This means that if workers are paid hourly, the Act fixed the country’s minimum wage at $1.45 (N527) for every 60 minutes of human labour.
President Ramaphosa explained that the law was aimed at reducing inequality in the country, and advance living wage with the second biggest economy on the continent.
“The National Minimum Wage Act sets South Africa’s first national minimum wage at R20 an hour – equivalent to R3 500 per month, depending on the number of hours worked,” a statement from the office of the president read.
“The President’s signing of the new law comes four years, to the month, after the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) first began deliberations on the protection of low-paid workers, fair and effective competition in the labour market, and the challenges of labour instability, caused by violent strikes and the duration of strikes and wage inequality.
“While national minimum wage will not end income inequality, it provides a firm and unassailable foundation, which is agreed to by all social partners, from which to advance the struggle for a living wage”.
The law, which will improve the pay of over six million workers in the country, is expected to take effect from on a date to be announced by the president.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) are demanding a raise in Nigeria’s minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000 per month.
South Africa’s minimum wage is due for review in 18 months.
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