Numsa unhappy with new proposed 'poverty wage'

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says the minimum wage should be a national living wage and must be integrated with a policy on comprehensive social security and national health insurance scheme.

Numsa acting spokesperson, Patrick Craven, says they are not happy with 'low R3500' proposed by the Commission tasked to investigate minimum wage.

Craven says there is a need for a fundamental change.

We are concerned that government's main concern seems to be more to satisfy rating agencies rather than to tackle the underlying issue of poverty which is structural.

Patrick Craven, Numsa acting spokesperson

He says Numsa did not have any voice in the discussions with the Commission.

Listen to the audio below to hear how Numsa will challenge the proposed minimum wage...

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