Venue: Wits Club Conference Centre, WITS West Campus – Empire Road, Yale Road entrance
The negotiations to introduce a national minimum wage are at an advanced stage at NEDLAC. Dr Shane Godfrey and Mario Jacobs, from the UCT Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP), have followed the developments closely and are in the process of finalising a research paper that grapples with how the national minimum wage agreement can best be legislated. This considers questions of the national minimum wage’s relationship with existing laws, as well as the implications for sectoral determinations and bargaining council agreements. The structure of the legislation will have a strong impact on the success of the national minimum wage.
In his State of the Nation Address, President Zuma was strangely lukewarm on the subject of instituting a national minimum wage. His cautious remarks are at odds with ANC party policy, and run counter to convincing international evidence of the benefits of a national minimum wage
‘The number of sectors to be excluded from a national minimum wage should be kept to the minimum, and while limited exemptions for businesses should be clear, they should come with strict enforcement, a symposium on the national minimum wage heard on Wednesday.’
The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative (NMW-RI) based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa wishes to invite you to attend our National Symposium, 2-3 February 2016. The symposium will profile the research of our initiative, as well as draw together important international and local experts.