The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says it welcomes the proposed increases for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and domestic workers for 2022.
The NMW Commission has proposed a CPI plus 1% increase to the NMW. If CPI remains at 5% this could mean a 6% increase in the NMW from R21.69 to R23.
COSATU National Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the NMW Commission has also recommended the equalisation of domestic workers who are currently pegged at 88% of the NMW. “This would mean an increase from R19.09 to R23 for domestic workers. These increases will make a positive difference in the lives of over 6 million workers currently paid at the NMW level.”
Pamla said the Federation is pleased that these proposed increases to the NMW and domestic workers enjoyed the support of Organised Labour, Business and Government in the NMW Commission. This is important to counter the unwarranted attacks on the NMW by those who think of workers as glorified slaves.
Pamla added that the Federation is however aggrieved that the NMW Commission has yet to make a recommendation to increase and at the very least adjust for inflation the Basic Conditions of Employment (BCEA) Annual Income Threshold.