The president of the biggest union federation in SA has hailed the report on the national minimum wage as an "important moment" for workers, but there remains little agreement on measures to prevent lengthy and often violent strikes. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has presented the report to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). It is being distributed to unions across the country. Labour leaders are cautiously optimistic about the prospects of acceptance by members. But the battle over strike balloting and workers carrying traditional weapons during protests has yet to unfold at Nedlac as unions remain opposed to a second strike ballot proposed during talks. A second strike ballot forms part of measures proposed to curb lengthy and violent strikes, which are often at the heart of the volatility in the labour market. Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini described the report as an "important moment" and said it was evidence that the federation’s four-year battle ...

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