COSATU Presentation on National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill

COSATU will present its submission on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Amendment Bill to the NCOP’s Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour at 10am, Tuesday 11 February, M515, Marks Building, Parliament.

The federation supports the provisions of the NMW Amendment Bill which seeks to reinsert a clause providing retrospective protection to workers whose wages may have been lowered by their employers in anticipation of the then pending NMW.  This is an important clause to strengthen the protection of the most vulnerable and exploited workers.

COSATU will be proposing additional amendments be made to the NMW Act.  The NMW Act and related labour legislation should be further strengthened to provide empower the CCMA to make their NMW referral findings immediately enforceable.  This is critical as many employers are taking such cases on review to the Labour Courts as a means to frustrate and exhaust poor workers who cannot afford legal representation and do not have the luxury of being able to sacrifice a day’s wages attending court hearings.

The federation will also be urging Parliament and the Department of Employment and Labour to fast track the amendment of our labour laws to ensure that actors and performers are entitled to all labour rights and protections e.g. UIF, various types of leave, compensation for injury on duty etc.