There are 1,2 million migrant workers in South Africa, representing 4% of the labour market, The majority of these are from the region and are employed in precarious and low incomes sectors such as domestic work, agriculture and construction (Statistics South Africa 2012).
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) will be partnering with the Global Labour University (GLU) at the University of Witwatersrand to run a new short course for South African trade unionists. The aim of the course is to help participants develop capacity for critical thinking and to engage analytically about labour and labour related issues
The right to strike is under attack at the national and international levels. This attack has intensified in a situation in which economic and security arguments are increasingly being used as a pretext for the violation of fundamental human and democratic right.
Many economists claim that a national minimum wage in South Africa will entail adverse consequences and inevitably leads to widespread job losses. These arguments offset possible gains from raising wage levels with ensuing rising unemployment in the country.
A national minimum wage in South Africa, if set at an appropriate and meaningful level, can reduce working poverty and inequality and support economic growth. This is the finding of a recent report by the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative at the University of the Witwatersrand.
By establishing a wage floor below which no employers are permitted to pay the employees covered, minimum wages are able to meet their central objectives as defined by the International Labour Organization of covering the basic needs of workers and their families.
The Wits School of Economic and Business Sciences has published a new research report on the minimum wage in South Africa, using international benchmarks to determine how much it should be.
The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative (NMW-RI) is an independent academic research project run by the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) Research Unit in the School of Economic and Business Sciences (SEBS) at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative (NMW-RI), was launched in April 2015, by Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) at The University of the Witwatersrand. NNW-RI has undertaken critical progressive research into the question of a national minimum wage and is contributing substantively to shaping the public debate.
On July 25th the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will be launching the National Minimum Wage for South Africa Report.